What is the Halacha regarding a ten-year-old boy and mixed swimming? May he?

This is in a small private pool.


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 its line for mixed swimming for boys of age nine. (Not unreasonable if you have to draw the line somewhere, in my humble opinion; and we do find classical sources discussing the age of nine for boys in other contexts -- e.g. Rambam Laws of Prohibited Relations 1:13.) It wouldn't surprise me if others were lenient with age 10,11, maybe even 12.

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  • I cannot fathom why this garnered a downvote. It's not the most authoritative answer, but it's valuable nonetheless. – Seth J Jun 20 '13 at 21:04
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    @SethJ: Perhaps because it sounds more like a comment than an answer. – Gershon Gold Jun 20 '13 at 23:37
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    @gershon how so? It gives an answer according to a certain community. – Double AA Jun 21 '13 at 6:11
  • I am told that in some schools they stop mixed classes at the age of nine. – user2800 Jun 21 '13 at 13:07

the age of chinuch starts at age three for certain things and age 5 for others. in regards to tznius chinuch starts at age 5. educating children on how they should behave and how to fulfill mitzvahs is important. chinuch cannot wait till bar mitzvah. if behavior patterns are not established early on then starting at the age of bar mitzvah won't be successful. "...it an absolute duty for every person to spend a half hour every day thinking about the Torah-education of children, and to do everything in his power - and beyond his power - to inspire children to follow the path along which they are being guided." (hayom yom) mixed swimming shouldn't be encouraged at any age because of the value of chinuch but certainly should discontinue by age 5

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    "in regards to tznius chinuch starts at age 5" says who? Why not 3,4,6,7,8,9,10,11,12? – Shmuel Jun 11 '14 at 17:57
  • there are varying opinions on when chinuch starts. even those who hold that chinuch starts at age three don't do so for all things. it does however appear that at least most would say 5 is the latest time for the beginning of chinuch. I don' have the sources in front of me right at the moment but here is a link that discusses this... ahavasolam.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/… – Dude Jun 11 '14 at 18:13

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