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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.
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The times that most profoundly affects the course of a person's soul are the times he struggles with and battling his persecutors and oppressors to uphold and strengthen his faith... Such an experience, though fraught with pain of the body and agony of the soul, is rich with powerful impressions. These are the days of light in the life of man
  –Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak of Lubavitch (1880-1950), writing about his imprisonment by the Soviets in 1927
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