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Honoring Father and Mother



The root of the Hebrew word for honor, Kavod, literally means being substantial or weighty. The figurative meaning, however, is far more common: "to give weight to someone." To honor someone, then, is to give weight to or to grant a person a position of respect and even authority in one’s life. The Torah tells us that we should honor our parents.

While honor is an internal attitude of respect, courtesy, and deferenece, it should be accompanied by appropriate attention or even obedience. Honor without such action is incomplete; it is lip service (Yesha’yahu [Isaiah] 29.13). The following laws relate to honoring our parents.

It is written - "Honor your father and mother" (Shemot 20.12).