The Jewish Value of Visiting the Sick: Bikur Cholim
The Jewish Value of Visiting the Sick: Bikur Cholim

What’s Jewish about visiting the sick? Every culture and every kind of person takes care of sick people, right? Well of course! And in Judaism, this is a mitzvah - or commandment! It is said in the Talmud that one should visit “even a hundred times a day" and that "anyone who visits the sick causes them to live.” There are lots of ways to fulfill this commandment, and maybe surprisingly, it helps not just the sick person but also the visitor. Try it with your children and see how much empathy, compassion and caring can bloom in them.

Shaboom! is a Kids’ & Family online children’s show! Through magic, comedy, and silly songs, Shaboom! teaches everyday Jewish values in a 10 part series covering topics such as Welcoming Guests, and Taking Care of Nature. Shaboom! is meant for children ages 4-7 and is centered on the “magical sparks” Gabi & Rafael, and incorporates magic, comedy and songs that help kids and families connect with each other and learn everyday strategies that help fix the world. Critically, each episode includes an accompanying parents’ episode that delves more deeply into each value and helps to explain “what’s Jewish” about it. Dozens of early childhood educational experts from around the globe contributed their time to help identify each of the values addressed in the episodes. The kids episodes are on average 8 minutes in length. The accompanying parents episodes are just under 2 minutes in length.