Sunday, 28 November 2010

Mitzvot on a Societal Level - Kibbud Av vo'Eim

What kind of society is fostered by respecting Parents - and by extension the elderly in general?
A Society that Cares for its People in its old age will in turn be cared for by succeeding generations, fulfilling the "L'maan Ya'arichun" in a societal and quite natural fashion.
Rav Saadyah Gaon is quoted by R Chill's Book on Mitzvot [P. 44]
This attitude is l'havdil evident in Confucian Societies whose reverence for the elderly is eventually paid back when that succeeding generation itself takes its turn in the Golden Years - what goes around comes around.


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