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Is there a prohibition of lifnei iver (causing or being an accessory to someone else's sinning) for a child who has reached the age of chinuch (education to mitzvos, the point at which he/she should be taught to keep mitzvos)?

For example, can an adult give food to a non-religious 10 year old who won't be making a blessing on it (precluding all exterior factors which could make this not technically lifnei iver)?

I am looking for explicitly sourced answers, not extrapolations based on some other detail or understanding of how lifnei iver works.

  • You're asking that since we have an obligation to acclimate him to Torah observance, and giving him food that he won't make a bracha on fails to enforce it, is it a violation of indirectly contributing to future transgressions? Since it certainly isn't a current transgression to qualify as a michshol... – Isaac Kotlicky Mar 8 '15 at 20:26
  • @IsaacKotlicky actually, according to the Steipler, it is, he just has a ptur oness. – Y     e     z Mar 8 '15 at 20:27
  • because he's a child he is an oness? I mean, I guess, yes, technically that's true, but then wouldn't EVERY transient ptur be considered an oness? I find that logic a bit hard to swallow. – Isaac Kotlicky Mar 8 '15 at 20:29
  • @IsaacKotlicky I don't know what you mean by "transient ptur" – Y     e     z Mar 8 '15 at 20:30
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    Isnt this basically the sugya of safin lei biyadayim? – user6591 Mar 8 '15 at 20:43

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