Monday, March 16, 2009

Honorifics for deceased parents


We have already said that the requirement to honor parents continues after their death.

One result of this law is that a child who mentions a deceased parent, in writing or verbally, should add honorifics.

The traditional honorific in the first year is "I should be the atonement of their passing," which is meant to credit the parent for the child's success - any success of mine is a credit to them. After the first year, children instead say "Their memory is a blessing," a reference to a verse in Proverbs, "The memory of the righteous is a blessing."

(Code of Jewish Law Yoreh Deah 240:9)

Have a great day,

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