Jewish Ethics and Family Responsibility for the Elderly

By Louis J. Novick

Conference of Jewish Communal Service, Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), 1990

The responsibility of offspring to their parents, which is expressed in honoring them, supporting them financially when they require it and the children have the means to supply it, and being physically present when such presence is necessary to sustain the emotional health of parents, is a basic tenet of Jewish ethics. When aged parents require a level of care that their children cannot themselves provide, seeking admission to a good long-term care facility may fulfill the imperative of the Fifth Commandment, "Honor your father and your mother."

Topic: Social Services, Elder Care, Jewish Text, Aging, Elderly

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Volume/Issue: Vol. 66/No. 4

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Genre: Report

Language: English

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Novick, Louis J. Jewish Ethics and Family Responsibility for the Elderly. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Conference of Jewish Communal Service,Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA). 1990:


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