The Torah tells us that the reward for Kibud Av V'Eim is long life. Rav Saadia Gaon explains that sometimes when parents get old and the responsibility of taking care of them both financially and physically falls on the children, the parent can become very unwanted. Therefore the Torah tells us if want to live a long life you should hope your parents hang around for a long time giving you ample opportunity to be MiKayem this great life extending mitzva. Without it your own life will not be as long.

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