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Honor Thy Father And Mother: Filial Responsibility in Jewish Law And Ethics: Augmented Edition

by Gerald Blidstein

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Release Date: 2006-01-15

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though not as practical as I imagined from the title - but paradoxically, the book explains its own impracticality, by pointing out that given the variety of possible parent/child conflicts, it isn't really possible for halacha to address most of them. Nevertheless, the book raises a few interesting points:

*pointing out the difference between appropriate behavior in private and in public. A child is (under Jewish law) free to argue with parents in private, but must be more circumspect in public.

*generally, Jewish law focuses on obligations of material support- understandably given that in an pre-industrial economy, parents' economic power declined as their physical strength declined. (By contrast, today, even middle-aged children are often dependent on wealthier parents!)

*Despite the preindustrial tradition of arranged marriages, rabbis generally (though not unanimously) held that a mature child's interest in picking an appropriate spouse overrode parental objections, based on the theory that marriage and procreation were religious obligations as weighty as honoring parents.

*Saadia Gaon wrote that Jewish opposition to nonmarital sex arose from the danger that humans might not know their fathers as a result of unplanned pregnancies.

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