Is there any Jewish significance to the relationship between an uncle/aunt and their nephew/niece? Meaning to say, are there any special things (opportunities, responsibilities) about being an uncle/aunt which Torah recognizes? Are there any classical (or contemporary) Torah works which touch upon this?

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    Aunt can't marry a nephew. Is that significant?
    – Double AA
    Aug 2, 2019 at 0:33
  • Ditto avunculate marriage and honor of an uncle?
    – Oliver
    Aug 2, 2019 at 1:10
  • @Oliver required honor of an uncle would be significant. Chinuch responsibilities, or roles as a model of behavior... that type of stuff.
    – Chaim
    Aug 2, 2019 at 1:20
  • @Chaim Avunculate marriage isn’t significant?
    – Oliver
    Aug 2, 2019 at 4:32
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    "או דודו או בן דודו יגאלנו" - the closest relations have the first responsibilities toward helping/saving their kin in need. The Torah first mentions the uncle.
    – Loewian
    Aug 2, 2019 at 15:55

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Rabbeinu Yonah in Sefer HaYirah 203 Here and Here writes, that there is an obligation to honor your father's brother and your mother's brother.

[See footnote in the Mekor HaYirah who questions the source.]

The Birkei Yosef YD 240/21 brings this from Rabbeinu Yonah and from the Sefer HaChareidim.

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