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Punishment of children for the parents’ sins

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Rabbi Elchanan Lewis

27 Shevat 5766
Question
How to understand “punishment of children for the parents’ sins”? Because not tsadikim parents “cause” punishment for their children, how children can and should honor those parents?
Answer
Honouring our parents is a commandment form Torah and one of the Ten Commandments, regardless to their good or bad behaviour. The verse (in the Ten Commandments) which teaches that sons are punished for their fathers sins is explained in the Talmud (Brachot 7a) to be only in case the child follows his fathers bad deeds.
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