Kedoshim

The sedra Kedoshim lists fifty one commandments, included amongst which is the well known  “thou shall love thy neighbour as thyself,” (verse 18, chapter 19), probably more accurately translated from the Hebrew as “you shall behave in a loving way to your neighbour (as you behave to) yourself.”

As Rabbi Shlomo Riskin points out. the list of commandments is headed  by”every person shall revere his mother and father”. Wise parents must  express unconditional love as well as setting boundaries. Jewish tradition emphasises the need for the hearts of each generation to be directed towards each other, with the parents allowing children space to develop as people and the children curbing their independence in consideration of family circumstances.

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