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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    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, 2012 at 1:04
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    indeed, see here where it is listed as a Jewish and Pennsylvania German (/Dutch) superstition. books.google.com/… Nov 18, 2012 at 1:57
  • When did the Be'er Moshe live?
    – Yehuda
    Nov 18, 2012 at 13:14
  • @yehuda , Rav Moshe Stern aka the Debichzner Rav lived from 1914-1997,he wrote on alot of topics which were new .
    – sam
    Nov 18, 2012 at 14:02
  • @sam thanks. I suppose one can still search for an older source though!
    – Yehuda
    Nov 18, 2012 at 17:11

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