I recall seeing that Kibbud Hatorah takes precedence over Kibbud Av. Does it? If one's father openly denigrates the Torah is it acceptable to chastise him & if the comment is made in front of ppl can one respond on the spot, publicly?

  • “Even if your parents beat your or spit in your face you shouldn’t put them to shame”
    – Dr. Shmuel
    Jul 19, 2019 at 3:49
  • @Dr.Shmuel that's spit in your face, not at the Torah
    – user15253
    Jul 19, 2019 at 11:38

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Even if Torah study is greater than father's honor (SA YD 240:13), one should nevertheless take care in correcting one's father. The Rambam writes (MT Mamrim 6:11)

If he sees his father violate Torah law, he should not tell him: 'Father, you transgressed Torah law.' Instead, he should tell him: 'Father, is not such-and-such written in the Torah?', as if he is asking him, rather than warning him.

This is even more true in front of other people (see e.g., here).

  • worth noting that this is a way of keeping both.
    – user15253
    Jul 19, 2019 at 11:39

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