The parental duty to teach children Torah

Israel Zvi Gilat

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The paternal obligation to teach sons Torah has developed from the halahkic approach of the Talmud period through the halakhic approach of medieval ages scholars (especially Maimonides), to the modern halakhic approach of the Israeli Rabbinical Courts. This development reflects the transformation of the Teaching-Torah concept from a strict paternal religious commandment toward sons to a comprehensive parental-cultural responsibility to young children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-132
Number of pages22
JournalReview of Rabbinic Judaism
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Parental responsibility in Judaism
  • children's education in Judaism
  • contemporary Halakhic norms


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