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I often see young boys going around shul after the Shabbos/Yom Tov morning Torah reading to collect Chumashim and return them to their shelves. Is this an actual 'minhag' with a history behind it? If so, please provide sources.

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And if not?.... – Double AA Apr 22 '12 at 16:37
I assumed it was just good midos. If the boys don't, some men usually do. – yoel Apr 22 '12 at 16:39
Does anyone know if a similar custom exists somewhere over the mechitza? – Double AA Apr 22 '12 at 16:44
I'm not sure what is meant by "actual minhag". It is certainly the minhag hamakom in certain shuls. A father asks his son whose attention is flagging to help put away chumashim and the son, seeing a purpose relishes this role as it gives him an informal "job". This becomes standard so other youngsters get involved. in earlier eras where people either had their own chumashim or printing wasn't so cheap so shuls didn't provide a chumash for each person (hence the purpose of public reading) this practice wouldn't develop. – Danno Apr 22 '12 at 17:25
It gives kids somthing to do and kids like to carry heavy things and feel important.It serves two purposes 1.getting kids involved and 2. Being mechanech them to returning seforim which the Steipler wrote very strongly about. – sam Apr 22 '12 at 17:38

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