1,016. Despising Torah Scholars

June 27, 2014, by

144:4 It is a great sin to denigrate or despise Torah scholars. Jerusalem wasn’t destroyed until they despised the Sages as per II Chronicles 36:16, “They mocked the messengers of G-d, despised His words, and scoffed at His prophets,” meaning that they despised those who teach His words. Similarly, Leviticus 26:15, “If you despise My […]

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1,015. Honoring Torah Scholars

June 27, 2014, by

144:2 Leviticus 19:32 says, “You shall rise before the white head and honor the face of the elder.” “Elder” is understood to mean a Torah scholar as per Numbers 11:16, “Gather to Me seventy men of the elders of Israel,” and there we see that they must certainly be wise men as the verse continues, […]

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1,014. Honoring One’s Teacher

June 18, 2014, by

143:22 A convert is not allowed to curse his non-Jewish father, nor to treat him contemptibly, so that people won’t say that converting made him a worse person. Rather, he must treat him with a degree of honor. 144:1 A person is obligated to honor his rebbe and to defer to him even more than […]

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1,013. The Best Form of Honor

June 18, 2014, by

143:20 A person is obligated to honor his older brother, whether he’s a brother on his father’s side or his mother’s side. A person must likewise honor his father-in-law and mother-in-law as we see from King David, who honored King Saul when he was his father-in-law, calling him “my father” (I Samuel 24:11). One is […]

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1,012. Honoring Step-Parents

June 18, 2014, by

143:18 One is not permitted to hit his grown son. “Grown” does not refer to his age but to his development. If one thinks that his son will oppose him with words or actions, even if he is not yet bar mitzvah, it is forbidden to hit him. Instead, he must only chastise his son […]

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1,011. Demanding Honor

June 18, 2014, by

143:16 One whose father or mother is senile should do his best to humor them until they pass away. If this is not possible because their condition is too advanced, he should leave them and arrange for others to care for them as necessary. 143:17 A person is not allowed to place a heavy burden […]

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1,010. Injuring One’s Parents

June 18, 2014, by

143:14 Whoever shames his father or mother, even if through words or even by a mere hint, is included among those who are cursed by G-d as per Deuteronomy 27:26, “Cursed be the one who disgraces his father or his mother.” 143:15 If a thorn is stuck in one’s father or mother, he should not […]

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1,009. When We Don’t Have to Listen to Parents

June 18, 2014, by

143:12 If a son wants to go to a certain place to study Torah because he feels that it will be better for him than where he is, and his father objects for whatever reason, he is not obligated to listen to his father. This is because Torah study overrides honoring one’s parents, as we […]

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1,008. Violating the Torah

June 18, 2014, by

143:10 If one sees his parent violating a Torah law, he may not say outright, “You have violated a Torah law.” Rather, he should ask, “Father, doesn’t the Torah say such-and-such?”  By appearing as if he is seeking information from his parent and not reprimanding him, the parent will get the message and will not […]

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