Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Embarrassing a parent


The Talmud mentions a critical element of awe, beyond the behaviors we have already mentioned: One must take great care never to embarrass a parent in public, regardless of the parent's behavior toward the child.

[Important Note: This doesn't interfere with self-protection from abuse; we are talking about a case in which the child can safely exit a situation.]

Thus an adult child who faces public verbal abuse from a parent is not permitted to respond in a way that will shame the parent. Yes, verbal abuse is very real and very harmful, but an adult child is expected to find other ways to deal with the problem.

(Code of Jewish Law Yoreh Deah 240:3)

Have a great day,

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