Could someone point me to the source of the custom where typically within the Sephardic communities, it is customary for a boy to be called for maftir/hafatarah at the age of 9 years.

Is this brought down in the Mishna? Or, what is the earliest mention of Rabbanic rulings regarding this custom?

I guess to some extent, this is also similar to what the Ashkenazim permit on Simchat Torah?!

Thanks, KT!

1 Answer 1


O Ch 284 (4) starts with the words that someone under barmitzvah (age not specified) can say the maftir.

The source is a gemoro in Megilo 23a.

  • Thanks Avrohom. Just wondering, any chance we’ve got access to the English versions of these sources; or at least the SA/MB?
    – Larry
    Jul 22, 2014 at 17:09
  • The following two links are partial translations of Shulchan Oruch link 1 and link 2 This link is a summary which lacks the detail in this question. Jul 22, 2014 at 18:13
  • @AvrohomYitzchok - Your answer only states permissability of someone under Bar Mitzvah to read maftir. Is there a source for the Minhag Sephardim that they do this at age 9?
    – DanF
    Jul 22, 2014 at 18:21
  • 9 is the age of chinuch for Yom Kippur see Yoma 82a but I have not found the specific source for saying maftir. Jul 22, 2014 at 19:43
  • @Larry A translation of the Mishna B'rura (284:7) can be found here. The MB doesn't elaborate on the exact age necessary, though. Regarding the age of chinuch in general, see Gitin (59a), Yoma (82a), Rashi (Arachin 2b, s.v. שהגיע לחינוך), and Tosafos (ibid.).
    – Fred
    Jul 22, 2014 at 19:51

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .