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The pashut answer is because if you do it properly it's very time consuming. If you saw the stories how our sages did cibud av you would understand. However this wouldn't explain why the same reward is given for shiluach hakan. You should also note that the gemara in kiddushin 39b concludes there is no reward for mitzvos in this world and the long life of ...


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The Ohr Hachayim explains that honoring one's parents helps one withstand temptation, and that giving into temptation embarrasses one's parents. "Each one of you shall fear his mother and father." The reason the Torah wrote this commandment next to the commandment to be holy is also related to the legislation about forbidden sexual unions. Our ...


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The Alshich makes a nice link. He writes: איש אמו ואביו תיראו וכו'. הנה צויתי תהיו קדושים להביאכם לחיי העה"ב והנה אביכם ואמכם הביאו אתכם לעולם הזה כי הם נתנו החומר עם כל זה אם לא באתם על ידם אל העולם הזה לא הייתם זוכים לעולם הבא. You shall each revere his mother and his father - Behold the command that you shall be holy is to bring you to Olam Habo (...


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