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Honor Thy Elders

Honor Thy Elders

106 years old and still bowling?

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Published: May 26, 2007


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Visitor Comments: 6

(6) Vincent Apodaca, May 30, 2007 8:44 AM

I Vincent love this column because it is a learning experience also I'm very intrested in learning about the torah.

(5) Margarita, May 30, 2007 3:04 AM

Something to think about

I think it's great idea for us to give respect to older people, they do have experience and it's great to listen to their opinion. I'm not 20 or 30 myself, but I have to admit that so many times we are getting carried away with what older people say, and so many times they are right, but often they are wrong (one has to admit life was different and it's different for our kids). There is a point made that elederly had to sit separate from bride and groom at the wedding. I would think that may be it was their wish to be a bit away from bright light and lets agree sometimes they need rest room more often than young people. May be it was just plain disrespect. But how do we know what it is if we are not in the situation. Some older people would like for children to come and visit them and some think that we are just annoying them, one grandparent would be glad to look after grandchild and another wants to go bowling. I say let's just try to meet needs of the people and be more careful of what do they want (not just what makes us look good)

(4) Me, May 29, 2007 4:41 PM

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Thank you Rabbi Salomon! I have always enjoyed speaking to elderly people - just because they're elderly doesn't mean they aren't people. They were once just like us - they have whole lives behind them. It must be so frustrating to a person when no one else will listen to what they have to say - they have lives, stories, wisdom... They are people.

(3) moe, May 29, 2007 10:16 AM

shkoyach

all the yankees are playing like they're 90

(2) Anonymous, May 28, 2007 9:34 PM

Got No Respect

For those raised in the post 60's and 70's, post war protests, post campus sit-ins, post theory of evolution becoming "law" of evolution, respect is more than just difficult, it is nearly impossible. A number of recent weddings I have attended have done away with the head table, replacing it with a table for two. Instead of giving honor and expressing gratitude to the source of everything the new couple has become to date, we focus on the new couple alone. The customary sheva berachos said under the wedding canopy, instead of being given to Rabbis, teachers, grandparents and uncles of the bride and groom, they were given to brothers and friends. Please G-d, may this all change soon.

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