Can We Honor Our Parents Like the Rebbe Did?

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“Since the day of his Bar Mitzvah, he has never turned his back to me,” said Rebbetzin Chana to Rabbi Hirshel Chitrik, concerning her son, the Rebbe.

Visiting the Rebbetzin occasionally and arriving when the Rebbe was leaving, Rabbi Chitrik had noticed that the Rebbe always walked out in an unusual way – sometimes rearranging the furniture, other times straightening a picture on the wall – and he had wondered about it.

“I have never seen his back in all these years,” the Rebbetzin continued. “He thinks I don’t know what he’s doing, but I know.”

What a high bar this sets for us as Chassidim!

Beginning this Tuesday August 20, Rabbi Raleigh Resnick of Tri-Valley Chabad, California, will be commencing R-E-S-P-E-C-T; a new course on a most fundamental mitzvah – Kibbud Av Va’eim. The four-part series, offered by, is starting on the eve of Chof Av, the yahrtzeit of the Rebbe’s father.

“What better way to connect to this day,” Rabbi Resnick told, “than to strengthen our commitment to honoring our own parents?”

Some of the questions that the course will addressed are:

  • Do we need to honor parents who have hurt us?
  • Must we go into debt to care for our parents?
  • What does it mean to “fear” parents?

To sign up for the course, click here.

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