There are differences in Halachos regarding a righty verses a lefty in the order of tying shoes. See related question here for more information on what exactly to do. My question is what about when tying the shoes of someone who we don't know yet whether they are a righty or a lefty such as a baby? Do we say that since most people are righties we should tie them like a righty or does it go by the person tying the shoes?

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    Is it halacha that the shoes must be put on in the traditional manner? (Right on first, then left, tie left, tie right.) Besides, aren't infants exempt from many mitzvos?
    – ezra
    Commented Jun 5, 2017 at 2:48
  • I believe that is the halacha. See link in the question where he quotes the Mishna Berurah. Regarding your second comment, you are correct that they are exempt. However there are many instances where we involve children in Halachos such as Netilas yodayim in the morning even though they may be exempt according to the letter of the law.
    – Earl
    Commented Jun 5, 2017 at 3:11
  • The Rama writes that nowadays lefties and righties tie the same
    – Double AA
    Commented Jun 5, 2017 at 3:52
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    @ezra It's not even a mitzvah - IIRC, it's an outcome of darchei emori, but there are many circumstances in which it might not apply. Who's left, for instance, are we "going by?" It's the process, not the outcome here, that's the issue (since the shoes will end up being tied the same way) and it's not "derech" to tie anyone else's shoes. I'd posit that without a source that says otherwise, there's no specific halacha regarding tying another person's shoes. Commented Jun 5, 2017 at 12:11
  • judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/28639/… Commented Jun 5, 2017 at 21:05


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