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The Torah tells us to stand up for an elder (Vayikra 19:32) passing by.

What if the elder is passing by sitting in a wheelchair?

Perhaps the reason is to show respect and not be sitting while he is standing and this reason does not apply for a sitting elder.

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The Talmud asks this question (Kiddushin 33b) and concludes that רכוב כמהלך דמי riding is like walking (in this context, at least), and so rules the Shulchan Arukh (YD 244:2). So you would have to stand up.

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    Are you absolutely sure that to sit on a wheel chair is Rachuv? Concerning Tefilat hadderech, the question is addressed, additionally the comparison to mehalech is perhaps for himself, bot for the others – kouty Nov 17 '16 at 14:19
  • it seems in Eruvin 64b that רכוב is as mehalech or Omed because of the lack of Yshuv Hadaat. See YD 228, 4, but you are right for rachuv at least. – kouty Nov 17 '16 at 15:09

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