When a child is too young to say the bed-time Shema for himself, the custom is that parents say it for them as they go to bed.

Should the parent cover their own eyes, the child's eyes, or perhaps neither (or both, but I assume not)?

  • Someone can remove the children-parenting tag if it doesn't apply Aug 26, 2014 at 0:52
  • there is no halocho to cover your eyes in the jamoro or rambam. it is not a must just like a kippo is not not a halocho Aug 26, 2014 at 1:09
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    @MoriDoweedhYaa3qob And therefore... Aug 26, 2014 at 1:29
  • Its meant for concentration so the one who is saying it should do it
    – sam
    Aug 26, 2014 at 1:45
  • @sam is it? Aug 26, 2014 at 2:02

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As I recall from when my children were the age you imply (40 years ago) I would cover my eyes and the child would imitate me by covering his or her own eyes. Since they were learning by saying it with me, it was part of teaching them. I do not recall a specific psak. It did not take long for them to learn what to do.

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