Difference Between a Brother and a Bride
It is important for all of us to learn our brother’s character, values and attitude towards life. We get introduced to our brothers early in life through our parents. We learn about the principles of moral conduct and are taught to respect other people and exercise responsibility. We are also taught how to love and serve the Lord. Our responsibilities as sons and daughters of God includes being good examples of what it means to be a good person in deed and in thought. Sadly, most American families don’t take the time to discuss or teach their children about their brother’s morality, values and attitudes towards life.
Morality and ethics – two areas of concern that many families fail to address when introducing their younger children to their older brothers or sisters. A responsible older brother makes sure to teach his brothers about right and wrong and the concept of honor. A brother who is willing to be a good example to his younger brothers in this regard is a great gift to the family. Parents typically teach family morals to their older sons and expect them to consistently act as great role models to their younger siblings.
John the Baptist lived with his brother James and sister Anne in the Essene community in which the brotherly relationship was a way of life. In fact, it was often referred to as “the boys’ community”. The Essenes believed in the principle of tithing; that a brother should offer to render an offering whenever his brother needs help. Therefore, while their father (or first husband) was rich and provided for them, their brothers were not expected to render anything to their sisters. Their father and brothers provided for and cared for them in turn.
Jesus Christ came into the community of Christians by the loving example of a man named Peter. Peter went up to Christ before any other believer and spoke to Him about how his father had left his father and brother and went over to Christ. This inspired other believers, to go to Christ themselves and become part of His ministry.
Therefore, we can conclude that a brother is not required to render service to his brothers in the same way as his brother’s. While serving to fulfill a role, such as being a sentry or a protector, he does not have to render services to his brothers. A brother, as a general rule, may not marry his brother’s wife nor may he participate in the same funeral or send off the body. A brother cannot give the body to his brother if he is disobeying his commandments. A brother cannot even give an ox the place of a brother nor give his brother anything as a burial or tribute.
Therefore, a brother may not be required to give an offering or tribute or carry out a role similar to that of a brother. A brother may receive gifts from another person. However, he cannot give or perform the function of a brother, nor can he marry a woman who is not his wife. A brother may be married to one wife but be her brother. In short, in Orthodox Jewish terms, a brother is not required to take on the functions or actions of a brother. And while these rules are not officially defined by Rabbis, they are generally considered to be the more traditional view and therefore, Jews who adhere to this view generally have greater privileges than those who do not.