Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Making light of a child's impropriety


"A sage entered the home of a righteous Jew, and that righteous Jew had small children who would address each other by saying, 'Son of a Zonah [promiscuous woman], give us such-and-such.' The righteous Jew laughed.

"The sage said: Children who already know what 'son of a Zonah' means are accountable if they slander or curse their parents. Even if their parents are not offended, we may not permit them to slander, curse or strike their parents!"

(Sefer Chasidim 543)

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