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Well, we learn (פסחים כב:) that we have to be in awe of Talmidei Chachomim from an extra word in the Pasuk that commands us to be in awe of Hashem - את ה' א-לקיך תִּירָא לְרַבּוֹת תַּלְמִידֵי חֲכָמִים. ‏ The laws concerning honouring and respecting a Talmid Chacham are very severe - as documented in שלחן ערוך - יורה דעה. Here's some samples: סימן רמב ...


Just to give some perspective. This question Why isn't it considered idol worship to give respect to the torah? was met with reactions deeming it practically ridiculous to even ask such a thing. Now let's see what Rava says in Makkos 22b 'what fools all these other people are! Who stand up for a Seffer Torah, but don't stand up before a great Rabbi!' ...

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