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August 25, 2007
August 31, 2007 4:57 PM
What about the parents that gave us life out of sin
Hi Lori. In honoring parents "because they gave us life:" When I was a child, my logic was "why should I honor my parents when I didn't ask for life? I thought, "Why should I honor someone who was just "having a good time?" Or, "For doing something that THEY wanted, not what I wanted?" So how would I answer these questions to a generation that thinks like this? Though I made such claims in my heart and discussed such with my siblings, we all honored them nonetheless...when we got older. Of course now, I can agree with your position.Kol tov
Dovid Herzl Lipkin,
August 31, 2007 3:47 PM
Dear Lori,Thank you so much for your videos which I look forward to every week. I even send them my rabbi who, by the way has family in Toronto, in order to help him with his sermons :-)Good Shabbos,Dovid
August 31, 2007 9:35 AM
Lori- I always used to teach this to my 5th grade students but I never thought of using it on MY sometimes difficult parents....I'm married and have a child but my parents are very needy and put lots of pressure on me.I tried the magic words on them and ...it's worked so far :)
August 30, 2007 10:25 PM
Is it possible?
Dear Laurie,recently we have tried EVERYTHING with our son - because he is always saying "no" to us. I told him about your video and taught him your magic words. So far, so good. He wanted to do something and asked me, "Mama is it possible that blow the shofar one more time?" (After blowing it twice already at Hebrew School.) It made me think about every time I say "no" to him and I said it wa sok. He blew his shofar one more time for the class and then he had finished.He is 6 years old by the way....... and I love your advice. It worked.Thank You Laurie!
August 28, 2007 4:18 PM
is it possible
Is it possible that some parents never wanted to give life to their children and these children are very much aware of this, so their entire lives are spent trying to come to terms with this burden? As a psychiatric social worker I have encountered such sorrow and such child abuse of egregious proportions. So I am not sure about all of this and I have a lot to think about here.I do think there is such sorrow in life occasioned by people who probably never intended to be parents and also by their very own lives, fraught with a culture of indifference. Neglect is the worst kind of abuse.So yes and no, Laurie. There is something very beautiful about the celebration of life and of the force that gives life. Sadly, I am not sure everything else we as parents do, and give is "over the top".I am just not sure. Thank you for giving me something deep to ponder.
August 28, 2007 3:44 PM
what about abuse?
Over a decade ago my mother in law bad mouthed me because we would not buy out a life insurance policy she had on herself for a million dollars. For one we could not afford the premium. And secondly there is a trust fund in her children's name that could cover it as well as numerous other investments. To tell me that God says I can't say no to my mother in law, who the only words spoken to me are berating and commanding negates life.
August 28, 2007 12:43 PM
Gratitude and Appreciation
Mrs. Palatnik, tch"yWhat you say is, as always, very sweet and very moving. And how you say it is extremely affecting. But is it really so that parents don't owe their children anything? A parent who has brought a child into the world and has, as you so aptly put it, given it life is duty-bound to see to it that the child survives and thrives. There are open halachos regarding the duration for which the father is obligated to materially support his child; and beyond material support he is enjoined to teach his son Torah or see to it that the child is taught Torah. And their are other requirements besides. In addition, the Creator makes it so that the need to nurture the child is felt naturally and indulged in lovingly. Still, your point is very well taken that, in terms of gratitude and appreciation, it is all a one-way street frunning from child to parent. In that sense, the child does indeed owe the parent EVERYTHING, while the parent incurs no counter-obligation in return. And for bringing this out in so touching a way I am very much in your debt. May the Ribono Shel Olam bench me, and those of us who are in a similarly situated (i.e., in singledom), to marry and have children for the glaring glory of all of Israel. YP of Brooklyn
Fr Dominic Borg,ocd,
August 28, 2007 9:45 AM
I am honoured to listen to Lori Palatnik talks on these clips. I have shown them to my Catholic friends, and THEY ALL had positive comments on her charismatic talks. Thanks a million !!
August 27, 2007 7:56 AM
Excellent! well put
We need more info on this topic! how about 7 more live ones on this one! and not vaguely stated
August 26, 2007 10:44 PM
giving back to your parents
Thanks for another video feed, Lori. It is so true that we owe thanks and give back to our parents after they gave us life and raised us. So, there is no reason not to honor them. For instance, my folks made me work for my money growing up doing chores around the house and outside in the yard, as opposed to earning a weekly/monthly allowance. When they do give me money, I do my best to pay them back. Indeed, it is better to maintain one's keep and share of the household responsibility with his/her parents, and not take advantage of them by "mooching".
August 26, 2007 4:18 PM
Do we owe our kids?
Very nice! I hope to implement this idea in my family very soon. A question: How do we know that the mitzvah of honoring parents is related to 'owing' our parents anything? And how do we know that teaching our children (v'shinanatem l'vanecha) is *not* related to owing our children anything.
George Ben Miller,
August 26, 2007 9:50 AM
Lori is a great inspiration.....
B"H.., L'Shanah Tova....
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