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I have been brought up with the belief not to walk over someone because it can stunt their growth. Can anyone else here say where they have also heard of this? If yeah, where is the source?

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The Be'er Moshe 8:36 discusses this issue and says it is something that they used be makpid on not to step over a child and if they went over him they would ask the person to step over him the other way so he can grow to his full height.

The Be'er Moshe continues that this custom is considered among the custom of old women which the Rashba (Shu"t 1:69) wrote that we should not belittle even if we can not understand the reason, they are certainly established on "mountains of holliness".

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Very interesting. Now this really needs a makor... – Yehoshua Nov 17 '12 at 23:54
That's Be'er Moshe leshitato: judaism.stackexchange.com/a/7348/759 judaism.stackexchange.com/a/17433/759 see also R Waxman's answers to those questions. – Double AA Nov 18 '12 at 1:04
@Michoel Shut Rashba 1:59 AFAICT deals with Amira leAku'm to light candles for a sick person on Shabbat. Are you sure about your source? – Double AA Nov 18 '12 at 1:52
indeed, see here where it is listed as a Jewish and Pennsylvania German (/Dutch) superstition. books.google.com/… – josh waxman Nov 18 '12 at 1:57
@DoubleAA It's quoted here, though the Shu"t Rasha on HebrewBooks.org speaks about saying Kriyas Shema before Tzeis so I am not sure if that is a mistake or a different version. – Michoel Nov 18 '12 at 2:10

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