The Laws of Kibbud Av Vaeim-Online Learning Course


Course Subject:

In this course you will learn all of the Halachic details relating to the Mitzvah of honoring one’s parents. The course is split to over 10 modules, with each module focusing on a different subject within these laws. The students’ progress is personally overseen by Rabbi Yaakov Goldstein, dean of HSSP and director of

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Course Modules:

Each course module consists of the learning instructions for that module, the learning material, an instructed assignment on the subject which must be submitted by the student in essay form, and a quiz on the laws covered in the learning material of that module. The student works his way through each section until completion of the course.


Intended Audience:

This course is intended for all audiences. You may choose to take this course as part of our Semicha program [pending prior acceptance], or for personal knowledge. Semicha students must

Course Purpose

The purpose of this course is to study and become expertise in all the directives and practices from the Poskim regarding the Mitzvah of Kibbud Av Va’eim. Honoring one’s parents is one of the basic values of a society in general and of the Jewish religion in particular, featuring as the fifth of the 10 Commandments. In addition, we are also commanded to fear our parents. The concept of honor is subjective based on societal background and personal perception which has been gained through exposure and experience. However, in Jewish law we find very specific guidelines rules and laws relating to this mitzvah that surpass a societal subjectiveness and apply across the board towards all children. In this course we will explore the following questions according to Jewish law: What are the things that a child is obligated to do for his parent out of respect and honor towards them? What matters of behavior are required to be followed by a child towards his parent in fulfillment of this command? Are there any limitations towards the amount of honor and respect which we must show our parents? Do parents have any limitations and regulations as to what they can request from their child? Are there any other relatives that one is required to give extra respect other than parents? All this and more are explored throughout our title in great detail, citing all the sources and variety of opinions that may exist on the subject.


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