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Respecting others and developing our own character

We have a mitzvah d'oraita to respect parents, elders, and Torah scholars. This mitzvah is not just about proper behavior or respecting authority; it is also about developing ourselves.
8 Cheshvan 5769 listen Lessons Learned from Honoring Torah Scholars (12:25)
Rav Dovid discusses his personal experiences with honoring Torah scholars.
7 Cheshvan 5769 listen The Mystical Significance of Honoring a Torah Scholar (14:11)
Why do we associate honoring a Torah scholar with honoring elders rather than with honoring parents?
Sources: Lev. 19:32, Ricanati
6 Cheshvan 5769 listen Other forms of Honor (15:32)
There are a variety of things that we don't do out of respect...; how to correct your rabbi if he makes a mistake.
Sources: Sefer HaChinuch 257
5 Cheshvan 5769 listen Standing in Honor of the Rav (15:16)
At what point are we requited to arise before a rabbi? At what point can we sit? To what rabbi(s) does this apply?
Sources: Kidd. 33a; YD 244:9,24
2 Cheshvan 5769 listen Giving Honor by Standing; Using Names and Titles (14:37)
We honor our rabbis, elders, and parents by standing before them and by not calling them by name.
Sources: Avot 5:25; YD 244:7-8,12; Shach 6
1 Cheshvan 5769 listen Parameters of Honor: Torah Scholars and Elders (12:17)
What are the parameters of honoring Torah scholars and elders?
Sources: Pes. 22b; YD 244:1
Dedicated l'ilui nishmat Shneur Zalman ben Shlomo on the occasion of his yahrzeit.
30 Tishrei 5769 listen Honoring Torah Scholars (13:08)
The Sefer HaChinuch sees Lev. 19:32 as applying only to Torah scholars. What is the connection between honoring Torah scholars and honoring our elders?
Sources: Sefer HaChinuch 257
29 Tishrei 5769 listen Respecting Our Elders (14:52)
We are required to respect all elders, even non-Torah scholars, even non-Jews.
Sources: Kidd. 33a; MT Talmud Torah 6:1,9; Lev. 19:32, Ramban
Dedicated as a zechut for a refuah shleimah for Breina bas Frieda.
28 Tishrei 5769 listen What does fear of Hashem have to do with honoring elders? (14:58)
Rashi and Ibn Ezra explain the connection between "Revere G-d; I am Hashem" and "Arise before the elderly and honor your elders."
Sources: Lev. 19:32, Rashi, Ibn Ezra
Dedicated in memory of Feigel bas Aharon HaKohen on the occasion of her yahrzeit and for a refuah shleimah for Breina bas Frieda.
25 Tishrei 5769 listen The Mitzvot Involved in V'Hadarta Pnei Zakein (16:12)
What is the difference between "respect your elders" and "stand in respect of an elder"? Is it one mitzvah or two?
24 Tishrei 5769 listen Introduction to V'Hadarta Pnei Zakein: Respect for Elders (13:01)
We have a mitzvah d'oraita to honor and respect our elders. Here's one situation where it applies.

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Wake Up! | Kavanah | Zmanim | Tzitzit | Tefillin | Brachot
Pesukei d'Zimra | Kriat Shema | Amidah | Geshem and Tal | Mincha
Kaddish | Amen! | Shabbos | Kiddush | Shofar | Teshuva
Rosh HaShana | Ten Days | Yom Kippur | Sukkos | Pesach | Sefirat HaOmer
Shavuot | Chanukah | Purim | Rosh Chodesh | Tu B'Shvat
Fast Days | The Three Weeks | Tisha B'Av | The Four Parshiyot | Parshat HaShavua
The Kosher Kitchen | Issur v'Heter | Speaking to G-d | Spiritual Reality, Spiritual Freedom
The Jewish Calendar | Chinuch: Education | A Practical Guide to Shabbos | Rav Dovid's Shiurim
True or False? | Respect for Parents, Elders, and Torah Scholars | Ben Adam l'Chaveiro
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