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Daily Mitzvah

Day 12: Positive Commandment 209

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Positive Commandment 209 (Digest)
Respecting the Sages

"You shall stand up before an elderly person and give respect to a sage"Leviticus 19:32.

We are commanded to accord respect to Torah scholars and respectfully rise for them. Although everyone is required to respect sages, even one Torah scholar must respect another of equal stature, this mitzvah is compounded with regards to the respect a student is expected to have for his teacher.

A student is required to respect and revere his teacher, he is forbidden to challenge his teachings, and always must give him the benefit of the doubt. Indeed, our Sages tell us, "Your reverence for your teacher must be akin to your reverence for G‑d."

Translation of (the unabridged text of) Sefer Hamitzvot by Rabbi Berel Bell, member of the Rabbinical Court of Montreal and director of Teacher Training for the Jewish Learning Institute.

From "Sefer Hamitzvot in English," published by Sichos in English.
Daily Quote
This is why the Torah is likened to water: just as water descends from a high place to a low place, so does the Torah descend from its place of glory, which is the will and wisdom of G-d, {where) the Torah and the holy One, Blessed Be He are one and no mind can grasp Him at all; and from there it journeys and descends through hidden stages, level after level, until it becomes enclothed in material things and matters of this world, which is [the subject] of virtually all the Torah's commandments
  –Tanya, chapter 4
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