Rambam, Mishneh Torah, The Laws of Torah Study 5:12


רמב"ם הלכות תלמוד תורה פרק ה הלכה יב

Original Text:

כשם שהתלמידים חייבין בכבוד הרב כך הרב צריך לכבד את תלמידיו ולקרבן, כך אמרו חכמים יהי כבוד תלמידך חביב עליך כשלך, וצריך אדם להזהר בתלמידיו ולאוהבם שהם הבנים המהנים לעולם הזה ולעולם הבא


Just as the pupils are required to honor the teacher, so the teacher out to be courteous and friendly towards their pupils. The sages said: “Let the honor of your student be as dear to you as your own” (Pirkei Avot, 4:15). One should be interested in their pupils and love them, for they are the spiritual children who give pleasure in this world and in the world to come. [Translation by CAJE. Edited for gender neutrality]

Suggested Discussion Questions:

1. Why must a teacher honor their students?
2. How do students provide benefit to the teacher in both this world and the next?
3. What should a teacher’s overall approach to their students be?

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