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As CharlesKoppelman said in the comments above, it is the custom of some Jewish people to prefer surrounding their children with only pure, kosher images, including those of animals. This is, as he said, not universal, nor even extremely common, AFAIK. I suggest you just ask the parents beforehand. They'll be glad to tell you :D Sources for the ...


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Nitei Gavriel Taspores 2:1:2 says the source of those who do it at 2 is based on Braishis 21:8 "Vayigdal Hayeled" and Rashi says that was at 24 months. Also Shmuel-1 1:22.


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My preferred method - tried when teaching both my sons their Bar Mitzva Parsha - is as follows. When the child makes an error, make them go back 2 - 3 words and restart correctly from there. This will help them correct the flow; otherwise they get used to saying the wrong thing - correcting it (or hearing you correct it) - and continuing. We learn this ...


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Shulchan Aruch (OC 560:4) states regarding the prohibition on wearing crowns after the destruction of the Temple: וכן גזרו על עטרות חתנים, שלא להניח כלל, ושלא יניח החתן בראשו שום כליל, שנאמר: הסר המצנפת והרם העטרה (יחזקאל כא, לא); וכן גזרו על עטרות הכלה, אם היא של כסף, אבל של גדיל מותר לכלה; ודוקא לחתן וכלה, אבל בשאר כל אנשים ונשים לא גזרו.‏ And so ...


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Aruch Hashulchan 695:18 writes: ויש להסתפק אם שלח לקטן אם יצא ונראה לעניות דעתי שיצא דהא לרעהו כתיב וגם קטן בכלל כדמוכח מקרא דכי יגוף שור איש את שור רעהו והנוגח שור של קטן חייב׃ One can be in doubt as to whether, if one sent [mishloach manos] to a minor, he has escaped [the hold of his obligation]. It seems to my humble opinion that he has escaped ...


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Children in Halachah by Rabbi Simcha Bunim Cohen has a fourteen-page chapter devoted to the laws of yichud. Three quotations that answer your questions: A man may not be alone with a girl who is above three years of age; a woman is prohibited to be [sic] secluded with a boy over nine years of age. However, in the Hebrew footnote he cites Rav Moshe ...


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I did a bit of searching and came across this. It quotes from Reb Ovadia Yosef tz'l's sefer חזון עובדיה on פורים to the effect that you cannot give it to a non-Jew, since they are not included in רעהו. Perhaps the reasoning behind this is that since giving gifts in general (not for purposes of shalom) should be avoided: רמבם הלכות עכום פרק ' הלכה ד ...


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1) In this first scenario, since Ashkenazim cannot include a child for a zimun, then clearly even in this case he cannot use a child. But DinOnLine.org here brings a different scenario, and says: If an Ashkenazi child eats with two Sephardi men, the child can join the zimun and answer together with the men (Vezos Ha-Berachah p. 127). 2)With regard to ...


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An answer to: Do they retain this status if they are seen outside of their halachic time, such as very late at night? See O Ch 674 (1) in the Remo who says אבל אחר שעבר זמן המצוה מותרים בהנאה - After the time of the mitzva it is permitted to have benefit from them.


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do you know of any good, preferably non-disruptive, ways to prevent such skipping while providing the correction or prompt required? Just some ideas: Sit down with your child not during a prayer and explain that such a prompt means that she should repeat the entire word. Explain why. Possibly augmented by: Immediately before the prayer, remind her of ...


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Your question is that of the Mogen Avraham !מגן אברהם סימן רסז ס"ק א The Ketav Sofer responsa Ohr Hachaim siman 99 answers that the minchat chinuch holds like Rashi (רש"י, ברכות מח sv ad sheyochal kezayit) that the child has no rabbinic chiyuv. The chiyuv is chinuch on the father- this explains why in Berachot 20b the katan CANNOT be motzei a Gadol. One ...


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My impression is that this is a matter of halachic value, but there are differing community standards and guidelines on this kind of thing. (Well someone in the last decade or so has probably tried to make a one-size-fits-all law about this, but I'm not aware of it in classical sources.) I'm told that the German Jewish community of Washington Heights draws ...


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Rabbi Simcha Wasserman zt'l said (not exact quote. see "Reb Simcha Speaks"): "children are like new immigrants which arrive at a new country. The immigrants quickly adopt the customs of the local population. So too children quickly adopt the behavior of their parents..." this answer does not explain all cases but i think it explains many.


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The Rambam writes (Geneiva 9:5 (English)): הגונב את בנו או את אחיו הקטן, וכן האפטרופין שגנבו את היתומים שהן סמוכין אצלם, ובעל הבית שגנב אחד מבני ביתו הסמוכין על שולחנו, ומלמד תינוקות שגנב אחד מן הקטנים הלומדים אצלו--אף על פי שנשתמש בו ומכרו, פטור: שנאמר "ונמצא בידו" (שמות כא,טז), פרט לאלו שהן מצויין בידו.‏ The following individuals are not liable ...



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