Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Mitzvah #67 - Striking parents

It is forbidden to strike one's father or mother.

One who strikes a parent and wounds them deserves to get put to death by Bet Din by strangulation.

Drawing blood for medical purposes from parents is forbidden unless there is nobody else competent available.

This prohibition is besides the prohibition of striking any Jew - even without wounding them.

Applies to everybody, everywhere, always.

Verse: "One who strikes his father or mother shall be killed" (Shemot 21:15)

Source: The Chafetz-Chaim's Sefer haMitzvot haKatzar; Prohibition 44

- Danny
Wednesday, 20 Tevet 5770

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