[Avodah] I did not show proper honor to my parents. Must I ask them forgiveness?
Professor L. Levine
llevine at stevens.edu
Thu Mar 14 05:40:51 PDT 2019
>From today's OU Kosher Halacha Yomis
Q. I did not show proper honor to my parents. Must I ask them forgiveness?
A. One who transgresses a mitzvah “bein adam l’chaveiro” (between man and his fellow man) must ask forgiveness both from Hashem, for not heeding His commandment, and from the friend that was wronged. For a mitzvah “bein adam la’Makom” (between man and Hashem), one need only ask forgiveness from Hashem. The Minchas Chinuch (Mitzvah 33) is uncertain if honoring a parent is a mitzvah “bein adam l’chaveiro”. On the one hand, a mitzvah of “bein adam l’chaveiro” generally applies equally to all people and perhaps the extra honor that is due to a parent is a mitzvah “bein adam la’Makom”. On the other hand, maybe the mitzvah creates a unique obligation to the parent. The Minchas Chinuch above leaves the question unanswered. Elsewhere (Mitzvah 364), the Minchas Chinuch writes that honoring parents falls under the category of mitzvos “bein adam l’chaveiro”. In practice, if one did not show proper respect, one must ask forgiveness from their parents (Yalkut Yosef, Kibud Av V’aim1:12).
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