- Hardcover: 234 pages
- Publisher: KTAV Publishing House (January 15, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0881258628
- ISBN-13: 978-0881258622
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,082,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Honor Thy Father And Mother: Filial Responsibility in Jewish Law And Ethics: Augmented Edition
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Rev. Jeff Becker
*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.