Ideally, our parents provide us with life as well as a model for human relations.
The Torah recognizes the tremendous input of parents and the crucial
impact that this most basic relationship holds for all of humanity. Thus, the
Torah demands that we shower our parents with honor and respect. This commandment
is so important that it was set in stone at Sinai and handed to the
Jewish people as one of the Ten Commandments.
The directive appears straightforward, but what does it actually entail? How
are we to react to the prospect of aging parents who devour our time, savings,
and energy? Do we have an obligation to take our parents into our homes or pay
for their care and medications? Should a more prosperous sibling be obligated
to bear more of the financial burden? Are we expected to sacrifice ourselves for
an abusive parent? Does welcoming a parent into our home triumph our marital
stability? Living in the sandwich generation forces us to probe the parameters
of our moral obligation to our parents.
This Course is Eligable for 9 CLE credits