Protesting someone who defames one’s parent

Protesting someone who defames one’s parent:[1]

It is a mitzvah on one who hears a person defaming his parent to protest against him, and to defend his parents from the libel.[2] A child does not have the right to forgive his parents honor in these matters.[3] Nonetheless, if one knows that by protesting the defamation it’ll cause it to be spread even more, then it is permitted for him to remain quiet.[4]

Not to befriend those who speak against one’s parents:[5]

One is to distance himself from people who speak against his parents or belittle them, and he should therefore avoid speaking with them.


[1] Pesakim Uteshuvos 240:24

[2] Sefer Hayirah of Rabbeinu Yona 197; Sefer Chassidim 72; See Orchos Chaim of Rosh 82

[3] Yam Shel Shlomo Bava Kama 8:50; Shut 101

[4] Sefer Hayirah ibid; See Minchas Elazar 4:13

[5] Birkeiy Yosef 334:16 in name of Mishpat Tzedek; Pesakim Uteshuvos 240:24 footnote 204

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