The commandment to “honour your
father and your mother” is part of
the first of the two tablets in the Ten
Commandments originally given by
God to Moses at Mount Sinai. The precepts
on the first tablet deal with typically
religious matters of the man and
God relationship, while the commandments
on the second tablet deal with
the matters related to intra-human relationships.
In Jewish life, every day, every week and at many other times, it is taken as a chance to start it all over again. In daily
morning prayers, Jews thank God for renewing the world. Every Shabbat they recall the first moment of creation. By
doing so, they take the opportunity to remember God, be thankful for the night that has passed by and a fresh opportunity
for a new day; an opportunity to start it all afresh. The same applies to a New Year.
In the Jewish context, the process of marriage occurs in
two distinct stages: kiddushin [betrothal] followed by
nisuin which is a full-fledged marriage. Kiddushin in Jewish culture is far more binding than an
engagement. Once kiddushin is complete, the woman is legal
wife of the man. The relationship created by kiddushin can
only be dissolved by death or divorce. The time duration
between the kiddushin and nisuin could be anywhere
between a few months to a year or more.
In Hebrew the word lamad is used for both ‘to teach’ and ‘to learn.’ According to Jewish culture it is considered that a teacher has taught nothing if the student has not learnt anything; meaning, teaching is not a professional vocation but a passionate vision to see the learner learn what is taught.
A mother has a natural bond with a child but a father has to build one.