Section: Parshas HaShavua Category: Story
|Parshas Bishalach - Baron Rothschild Teaches The Ksav Sofer Pshat In Bikur Cholim|
|The famous Baron Reb Shimon Wolf Rothschild was a close friend of the Ksav Sofer. When they would spend time in the same spa-town, Baron Rothschild would come to visit the Ksav Sofer every day, to hear Torah from his mouth.|
One day Baron Rothschild stayed only briefly and then suddenly got up to leave. The Ksav Sofer asked him why he is cutting his visit so short. He answered that he noticed that the Ksav Sofer was not feeling well. The Gemara in Bava Metzia (30b) says that we learn the Mitzva of Bikur Cholim from a pasuk in Yisro (18:20), "ViHodatem Es HaDerech Yeilchu Ba; You should show them to go in the way of the Torah." Chazal say, "'Yeilchu-Zeh Bikur Cholim; The Mitzva of Bikur Cholim is learned from the word Yeilchu.
Baron Rothschild continued and said that the message we can learn from this Drasha is that Bikur Cholim does not always necessitate a long visit with the sick person. Sometimes, the greatest mitzva of Bikur Cholim is "Yeilchu" to know when to go. By going you may be doing the Choleh a far bigger favor than by staying.
The Chasam Sofer frequently repeated these words in the name of the Baron. (Shnayim Mikra)