People must be concerned about their souls, should care for their bodies and the world at large. We have made a world that brings sickness. That same world must now bring life. Judaism emphasizes the importance of caring for yourself as your body belongs to God, who gave it to you to care for, as a vehicle to carry your soul through life. It is your duty to eat well, to rest and to treat your body with respect in every way; it is part of your responsibility to God. There is a Hasidic saying that “a small hole in your body creates a huge gap in your soul.”
We realize that when we are healthy, we can concentrate on family and work and other things that are important to us. But most significantly, a healthy body allows you to concentrate on your soul, enabling you to fulfill your divine mission in this world and live a meaningful life. This is true, as well, of the need to tend and help the unwell.
Our sages tell us that the mitzvah of bikur cholim, visiting the sick and caring for them, helps in their healing process. So the next time you care for someone who is not well and feel re-energized, realize that you have just re-energized a precious piece of God’s property. Whether you are eating a healthy meal or caring for the sick, you are investing in a valuable commodity.