Getting old can be terrifying, especially in a society obsessed with youth. In this episode I consider the reasons for why the fifth commandment, “Kibud av v’em”, “honor your father and mother” instructs us to honor generations before us when, at first glance, they appear to have less and less to offer as they age.

00:00 Intro
00:38 Why getting old seems scary
01:22 The 5th Commandment, Honoring your parents
02:20 The time-relevance continuum
03:46 The value that comes with age
05:54 Standing on the shoulders of those who came before us
07:14 Valuing “the whole of life”
08:10 Outro

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Executive Producers:
Shalom Schwartz
Nitzan Bergman

Gold Level:
Lauren & Ezra Kest
Charles Crane Family Foundation
In loving memory of Ezriel ben David z”l
The Garten Torah Learning Group
Herb Garten

Silver Level:
J and M Bergman Family
In memory of Joseph Ben Avraham
Roskes Family

Bronze Level:
Gavant Family
Volkin Family

This video was co-produced by The Aseret Movement and OpenDor Media. The Aseret Movement is devoted to introducing and teaching people, regardless of affiliation, to the Ten Commandments as a simple and profound way to live a meaningful life. For more information go to
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