Visit the sick (Halacha a day)

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It’s a Mitzva to visit sick people, irrelevant of the social standing of the visitor or the patient.

Close friends and family may visit immediately, but others should wait until the 4th day, so as not to aggravate the patient’s Mazal and give them the “sick” title.

However, if a person becomes very ill very suddenly then all may visit immediately.

One may visit numerous times a day – as long as it doesn’t bother the patient.

Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 193:1

When visiting the sick who is lying on the floor, one may not sit on a chair, in deference to the Shechina (Divine presence) which is above the sick person’s head.

If he’s in a bed, one may sit on a chair.

The main point of visiting the sick is to find out if one can help him in anyway, so that he feels he has friends who care about him, and in order to pray for him.

Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 193:2-3

Danny Schoemann

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