Author(s): Mustafa YÄ°ÄÄ°TOÄLU
The divine religions i.e. Islam, Christianity and Judaism have numerous features in their respective legal systems. They have common or distinctive provisions (ahkam) about various sins such as murder, theft, adultery, bribery, false witnessing, oppression and injustice. In addition to the legal rulings pertaining to these cases, respect for parents and elders have always been an issue of critical nature. In the aforementioned universal religions, respect for parents and elders constitutes a religious obligation. Therefore, by complying with this order one deserves to be rewarded and one who fails to comply with it would be severely punished. This article deals with perception of parents in Judaism. It endeavours to ascertain the status of the parents in Jewish culture by examining a number of Judaic sources regarding this issue.