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Context and Text: Realities and Jewish Perspectives on the Aged

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Publication Date: January 1985

Publisher(s): Conference of Jewish Communal Service (U.S.)

Author(s): Leivy Smolar

Series: Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 62:1

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Social conditions (Marriage and family life)

Keywords: World Jews; Elderly; Family

Type: Report


This article examines the resources within the Jewish tradition that point to the importance of care for the elderly. For example, this tradition calls upon people to recognize that the elderly are frightened of abandonment. The author calls upon his readers to ensure that the generations are endeared to one another and for children to treat their elderly parents with thoughtful respect, rather than disdain.