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Rav Shlome Wolbe in his sefer זריעה ובניין בחינוך pg. 24 writes, that we do not hit anymore, because of lifnei iver the son might hit back, even at a young age and it also can ruin a relationship. There is an Igros Moshe YD 1:140 which his son Rav Dovid asked. There is also an Igros Moshe YD 4:30:4 which discusses what a rebbi and what a father may do . A ...


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The Chinuch (580) addresses a slightly different but related question: ואולי יעלה במחשבתך בני לאמר, ואיך ימנע אדם מהלואה לעולם מפני זה, ולמה נכתב על זה לאו, והלא בידו להתנות עמו על מנת שלא תשמיטנו בשביעית, וכדרך שאנו עושין תמיד בשטרותינו? אל יבהילך דבר זה, כי התורה תזהירנו בדברים, ואף על פי שאפשר בתקנות ותנאים.‏ And perhaps you, my son, might think ...


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Rav Yaakov Weinberg, speaking about חושך שבטו שונא בנו (one who spares the rod hates his child), said that this needs to be understood with the caveat that the "rod" means whatever will be effective in disciplining the child, and that if a stern look would suffice then giving a "patch" is being cruel, and if positive reinforcement would work then a stern ...


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R' Shimon Schwab, "On Being a Friend to Your Children," address at Torah Umesorah, 1990, printed in Selected Speeches (CIS) There is no getting away from it! "Mussar" also derives from the word יסורים and that means, in our case, corporal punishment. Don't get me wrong. I do not mean spanking or caning, which was practiced by some parents and teachers ...


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Rabbi Moshe Feinstein actually cites this story in a responsum (CM 1:58) regarding joining a labor union. He says that a non-oath commitment made to a union is of very strong religious value; any "G-d fearing person", even if he's not "pious", should make good on his verbal commitments. If Rav Safra made good on his mental commitments, certainly we should ...



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