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Frontiers of Law in China

Front. Law China    2019, Vol. 14 Issue (2) : 145-163
Filial Piety in Israel: Between the Law in the Books and the Law in Action
Daphna Hacker()
Ph.D. in Sociology, Sociology and Anthropology Department, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel; Head of the Women and Gender Studies Program and Member of the Law Faculty, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 6997801, Israel
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This paper explores the main legal aspects of filial piety in Israel. Based on a socio-legal study, it traces a significant gap between the law in the books, which mandates that children support their parents financially if the latter cannot support themselves, and the law in action, which narrows this obligation to cases in which the parents must be cared for in a State nursing home. The study also highlights the relevance of religious and cultural norms in shaping filial piety in multicultural countries and thus points to the urgent need to tailor filial piety legal policies according to socially constructed, actual, and diverse filial piety perceptions and practices.

Keywords filial piety      Israel      Jewish law      Sharia (Islamic law)      multiculturalism      the Family Law (Maintenance) Amendment Law of 1959      Welfare Services Law of 1958     
Issue Date: 08 August 2019
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Daphna Hacker. Filial Piety in Israel: Between the Law in the Books and the Law in Action[J]. Front. Law China, 2019, 14(2): 145-163.
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