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Am I obligated to honor my parents if they are wicked?

by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg

  

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If a parent is wicked, there is a difference of opinion among the rabbis whether the child has an obligation to honor him. The consensus is that one is still obligated to do so -- and it is certainly forbidden to be overtly disrespectful to them.

Obviously, if the parent is physically or emotionally abusive, it is the child's right -- and obligation -- to maintain a safe distance from the parent.

 You may also be interested to read "What is my obligation if my parents tell me to ignore a mitzvah?".


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