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A Testament To The Children

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The ritual instructions offer a kind of popular version of the Shulkhan Arukh for young people, detailing ritual and Halakhic obligations for the various hours of the day. The formalization of the honor ethos, that is, the creation of formal rules that express the honor relationships between various social groups is an additional element in the legitimation and internalization of the social hierarchy. An approach combining norms originating in human society and norms originating in divine revelation (or in its earthly representatives and transmitters) is well-known from manuals that "secular" and Church circles published in Italian Catholic society under the title civiltà critiana. The family closes the circle because the small family cell is perceived, as noted, as the most basic and significant unit of human and social existence.

Keywords: Halakhic obligations; Italian Catholic society; Shulkhan Arukh

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