Is there a minhag that one should not pass a child over a table to another person to hold? In my family we would pass a child from person to person all the way around the table, but nobody could ever explain the reason. Is there a source for that?
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The reason that we have become accustomed not to pass children over the table is because a table is akin to a mizbeach. (An Altar). The Altar was the place where they would sacrifice animals. Enough said :).