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"Honor Thy Father and Mother": Children’s Obligations to Honor & Support Parents - A Comparative Analysis of Jewish and American Secular Law

Samuel Asher Blaustein, Brooklyn Law School

Abstract

This article will contrast and compare the duties of children to their parents under traditional Jewish and modern secular American law. The focus is on the adult child’s duty to support parents. Whereas the mandates proscribed by Jewish law increase with age, American law focuses on emancipation and personal autonomy. That said, recent American law encourages children to provide care to elderly parents. The history and reasoning behind both sources will be addressed.

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Samuel Asher Blaustein. 2007. ""Honor Thy Father and Mother": Children’s Obligations to Honor & Support Parents - A Comparative Analysis of Jewish and American Secular Law" ExpressO
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/sam_blaustein/1

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