The idea of honoring and respecting one’s elders has been out of style in Western culture for the last several decades. However, the eternal laws of the Torah include the obligation to respect parents. Honoring one’s parents expresses gratitude for their assuming the responsibility of raising children and taking care of their essential needs. On a deeper level, honoring parents underscores the importance of each previous generation’s role in transmitting the Jewish tradition. Finally, respecting one’s parents enables us to acknowledge and appreciate that it is ultimately God who brought us into existence, and sustains and guides the world.
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