WATCH: Are Old People Irrelevant? | Commandment #5: Honor Your Father and Mother
Getting old can be terrifying, especially in a society obsessed with youth.
Newsrael News Desk18:30 05.09.20233 months ago
In this episode, I consider the reasons for why the fifth commandment, “Kibud av v’em”, “honor your father and mother” instructs us to honor generations before us when, at first glance, they appear to have less and less to offer as they age.
According to the Mishneh Torah, this commandment requires one to honour both of one's parents equally; there is no greater weight given to either the father or the mother. While in some parts of scripture, the father is stated first, in others, the mother comes first. This shows that the honour due to each is equal.
Chapters 00:00 Intro 00:38 Why getting old seems scary 01:22 The 5th Commandment, Honoring your parents 02:20 The time-relevance continuum 03:46 The value that comes with age 05:54 Standing on the shoulders of those who came before us 07:14 Valuing "the whole of life" 08:10 Outro