I have a question about the talmudic statement about not waking up a parent even in the extreme circumstance of a huge deal on offer..
I recall when I was in school the Rabbi was going through some gemara, showing us look how brilliant the gemara is in deciding what to do about what if a person gets injured e.g. an injured arm. He should be compensated according to a consideration of how much less a slave would be worth if the slave had a injured arm. The rabbi said that's a clever way of working it out.
Then, or another time, we did a Gemara that seemed to teach, that if your father is sleeping, then even if somebody comes offering a large amount of money for some diamonds he has on offer, you should not wake him up. (I suppose it was Tractate Avoda Zara 24a)
At this point, the Orthodox Rabbi teaching the class said "Don't listen to this Gemara"
I have heard one person suggest that oh maybe the father had Alzheimers disease, and the son couldn't open the chest to sell the jewel to him, but that's really reading in.
I'm wondering what the standard Orthodox positions are on this..
It was quite striking that the Orthodox Rabbi teaching the class said "don't listen to this Gemara! But I can see why he'd say that.