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While any specific case may have some minor details that warrant different responses (as per just about every facet of life and Halacha), it seems that the general approach given by the authorities is that regardless of the righteousness of the parent, some level of respect needs to be given 1. However, if honoring a parent would cause the child to go ...


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I believe that honoring your parents is a very important מצבה. However, even so, if you father is doing something irresponsible, illegal, or אסור, you then have a responsibility for public safety, no matter who it is


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Does the commandment to honor parents take precedence over other commandments? The Talmud answers: Not always: Eleazar ben Mathia said: If my father orders me, “Give me a drink of water”, while I have a commandment to perform, I disregard my father's honor and perform the commandment… [But] Issi ben Yehudah maintained: If the commandment can be performed ...


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All commentators I am aware of say that you honor your parents no matter what. The Talmud says that parents who sin may be rebuked, but very gently: Rabbi Eliezer was asked: “How far does the honor of parents [extend]”? If your father is transgressing a precept of the Torah, you must not say to him, “Father, you are transgressing a precept of the Torah”,...


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