by Rachel Cowan

Learning to Cheer the Sick

The ways we are

I learned much about visiting the sick during the year when my late husband Paul fought so valiantly against leukemia. I had always thought that visiting sick people was important, and I tried to do it when I could. But, like most Jews, I didn’t see it as a mitzvah in the sense of “commandment”; instead I preferred to translate mitzvah as “good deed” — something a nice person did when she felt up to it.

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