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12.** Just as the students are obligated in the honor of their teacher, similarly
the teacher must honor his students and bring them close. This is what the sages
said: Your student's honor should be as precious to you as your own (Avot 4:12).
A person should be careful with his students and love them, for they are the
children who bring pleasure in this world and in *Olam HaBa* (the World to Come).

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Q1:** Why does Rambam "equate" these two honors ("similarly...")?

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HH:** Since one learns from one's students, the students are, in a certain sense,
one's teachers. So, the teacher-student relationship is partially symmetric.

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Q2:** "Bring them close" - to what/whom?

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HH:** The teacher brings the students close to him/herself, and thereby, to Torah.

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Q3:** Why does Rambam _seemingly_ repeat the idea in the last clause?

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YE:** In the first clause, Rambam is addressing the teacher - and in terms which
are a mirror of the student->teacher relationship (honor). In the second, he
speaks to the person (note that in the first clause he said: "the teacher must
honor..." and in the second clause: " A person should be careful with his
students...") - and points to the fatherly relationship as regards students.

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Q4:** If students are _the_ children - what about his own flesh-and-blood
children?

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HH:** The teacher, like anybody else, is supposed to teach Torah to his
flesh-and-blood children. So, his flesh-and-blood children are students of him,
and, thereby, his children! {flesh-and-blood children} are a subset of {children
under Rambam's definition} (if you like mathematical notation).

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