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Questions about Jewish education, also known as Chinuch.

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Would you buy “Bible for Children” for a 2.8 year old toddler?

[This is not a duplicated question - I am asking here about specific book if it's a good read or not. The last part is asking for recommendations.] I have bought lots of books to my toddler, such as ...
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R' Yehoshua vs Nanas the butcher - why we all follow the Torah study instead of properly observing Mitzvot?

That's a long title, I need to find a way to shorten it without losing information - please assist. Seder HaDorot (Tanoyim, under R' Yehosuah Ben Elem - a prominent Tannah) brings an interesting (and ...
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How to approach teaching Jewish ethics morality for a 12 year old?

How to describe and teach Jewish ethics/morality to 12 year old? Seeking topic lists, curricula, books, etc. on the topic of Jewish ethics/morality appropriate for a 12 year old. These might be case ...
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Is a rabbi allowed to exaggerate stories about someone they see as a “bad character” in order to distance people from him?

I am reading a summary of the halachot in chafetz chaim that I found by the geniza (can't quite figure out who wrote it) which makes mention of the possibility for a rabbi to speak lashon hara to his ...
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Seeking more seder skit ideas for kids [duplicate]

Some past posts have provided a few suggestions for skit topics for children at the seder (e.g., acting out the 10 plagues, acting out the exodus). I am seeking additional seder skit ideas, both ...
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Where can I take my grandchildren to learn more about Judaism

I have 2 wonderful grandchildren whose other grandfather is Jewish. However he isn’t an observant Jewish person, nand nor are his kids (my daughter in law is Christian, my son is Christian Catholic). ...
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The father has the obligation of chinuch until what age

Until what age is the obligation on the father to train his children to do Mitzvot? I see contradictory sources please clarify, or bring more accepted sources No limit. http://halachipedia.com/...
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What is the number one or the most recommended Talmud/Gemara passage for a child to begin studying?

What is the number one or the most recommended Talmud/Gemara passage for a child to begin studying? I understand that the number one or the most recommended Torah passage for a child to begin ...
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When the truth is my business may i keep it as such?

A Rebbe gives a child homework to review the Gemarah he has learned today.The father does not feel it to be necessary, and therefore signs that he did his Homework when he didn't. Is this outright ...
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Why did Rav Shach zt"l say that it's apikorsus to study history?

I read on Wikipedia, citing the Michtavim v'Mamarim [of Rav Shach zt"l) volumes 1 pg. 109, pg.128,3 pg.31&39,4 pg.35,107, saying the following: He wrote that any secular studies were banned by ...
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Does halacha require that Jewish children attend exclusively Jewish schools?

I have conducted some research and found that children of observant Jewish parents often attend Jewish schools. Is this a requirement derived from halacha, or a preference on the parents' behalf?
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Educational videos for Books of Nevi'im and Ketuvim?

I seem to recall viewing animated and narrated videos of stories from the Early Prophets, Nevi'im, a few decades ago. Can anyone recommend any educational and reliably truthful animated and/or well-...
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Would anyone know of good places in the NYC area which teach Biblical Hebrew?

I was not raised with any foundational Hebrew education. Most of the places that I've researched which teach Hebrew are all "Modern Hebrew" (spoken in Israel) courses and not Torah Hebrew (The ...
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Formal Logic and Gemara

I've recently tried to fuse my background in programming with my Gemara learning, resulting in what I now call computational gemara. You can read more about the idea here. An older article I wrote ...
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Criteria for Evaluating a lemudei kodesh Curriculum?

How do teachers of lemudei kodesh (Judaic studies) and rebbeim decide on what to teach their students? There are two criteria for secular studies regarding whether a particular subject should studied ...
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Are there any teachings about “tough love?”

Sometimes, in order for one to learn, one must experience the failure of the ideas one believes to be true which are, in fact, not true. If the student in this process is a child or someone under the ...
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How can a Minor Learn Torah from Imperfect Teachers?

Chagigah 15b, in the context of relating how Rabbi Meir learned Torah from Acheir, states: מאי דכתיב (מלאכי ב, ז) כי שפתי כהן ישמרו דעת ותורה יבקשו מפיהו כי מלאך ה' צבאות הוא אם דומה הרב למלאך ה' ...
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Does the Rambam Contradict Yirmiyahu 18 on Prophecy?

The Rambam famously states regarding the nature of positive prophecies (Hilchot Yesodei HaTorah 10:4): דברי הפורענות שהנביא אומר כגון שיאמר פלוני ימות או שנה פלונית רעב או מלחמה וכיוצא בדברים אלו ...
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What teshuvot address educating children on inappropriate touch? [closed]

A friend of a non-observant family shared a story which inspired this question. Two cousins were playing together. The boy was about 7 years old. The girl was about 3 years old. Early on, the mother ...
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Teaching a child where his dayschool/yeshiva differs

Preface: This is not currently a practical issue, although since it is not so much about the halachic aspects, answers here would not be responses to a request for p'sak. I follow Minhag ...
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Are there any crafts permitted to do on Shabbat?

I was asked to do a children's recreation program at a local Jewish center. What are suggestions for types of projects to do with a group of children that are allowed to do on Shabbat? Are there any ...
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Are Magna-Tiles allowed on Shabbat?

There is a Rabbinic prohibition on constructing a temporary canopy (ohel arai; see e.g. Shabbath 137b) a tefach or greater with walls that are also a tefach or greater. Considering that this is often/...
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How does a chiyuv due to chinuch work? [closed]

We frequently see statements in halacha like "the minor's obligation to do the mitzva is only rabbinically imposed (mid'rabanan), because it's only because of chinuch (=the obligation to educate one's ...
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Children's “Little Gemarah”?

My family enjoys this English language Little Midrash series. Does something like an English language 'Little Gemarah' (ie introduces reasoning logic) exist for children 6-12 years old?
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Protecting love for Hashem

The Sh'ma opens with the commandment to love the L_rd your G_d with all your heart, all your soul and all your resources. To help protect the sanctity of Shabbat, there are laws which build a fence ...
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Teaching halacha to children with halachically invalid “props”

The Talmud (Sukkah 2b; cited also here) implies that chinukh (educating children in halacha observance) necessitates that the mitzvah be fulfilled according to its halachik details (at least with ...
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Chinuch of shofar blowing

The following is a quote from the Shulchan Aruch: הלכות ראש השנה-סימן תקצו - תשלום תקיעות לאחר התפלה, ובו סעיף אחד א. לאחר תפלה מריעים תרועה גדולה בלא תקיעה. הגה: ויש מקומות נוהגין לחזור ...
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Movie picturing the destruction of the holy temple?

Lately, I have been telling my 3-year-old son about the building, destruction, rebuilding cycle of the Beis Hamikdash (holy temple in Jerusalem). He is wondering how it would have looked. Are there ...
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What texts are studied in a traditional yeshiva?

Having never gone to a yeshiva, but having interacted with rabbis and laymen who have, I am unclear on which Jewish texts are studied and which are either not, or which are given a more cursory ...
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Mission to educate?

Someone told me that Jewish people have, loosely speaking, a mission to be educators by teaching others sciences, religion etc. Are there any sources to back this up? Preferably some quotes?
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Teaching children to daven

Where does it say in Chazal that one doesn't have to teach their children how to daven until they are old enough to understand what they are saying? My basis that this is found in Chazal is because ...
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Is it permissible to cheat at board games?

Board games have absolutely no value - there is nothing won and nothing lost. In such a situation is it permissible according to halakhah to cheat? I am asking, not to find a reason to be deceitful ...
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Online Safrut Courses

In this question, I asked about any safrut teachers in my area. As of present, I have not heard back from the sofer provided in the link. However, I was wondering, as a corollary, considering the ...
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Kids waiting between meat and milk

There is a rabbinic obligation to wait between meat and dairy though customs are diverse regarding how long to wait, ranging from 1 hour (for those who come from e.g. Dutch communities) to the more ...
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Addressing mother as teacher

Children are not supposed to call their parents by their first name because it implies a casual rather than respectful relationship. My daughter attends the school where my wife is a teacher. The ...
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How to answer the simple son?

In the debate over how to respond to a question about leaning during a seder that took up a noticeable amount of time in chat a question was danced around. The debate was mostly centered around how to ...
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Is it considered “marit ayin” if boys and girls stroll together on Shabbat?

I have heard of a number of yeshivot that have a strict rule regarding boys and girls being with each other. Their rule is "simple" - outside of your own family members, it should be never for any ...
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Lifnei Iver for a chinuch-age child

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 ...
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Why do many boys begin learning Gemara with Elu Metzios?

There is a popular custom for boys to start their Gemara studies with Elu Metzios (the 2nd Perek in Bava Metzia). The Gemara (Bava Basra 175b) does say that financial laws are conducive to becoming ...
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Daddy, is this story true?

My daughter was reading a parsha book and came across a certain medrash which seemed unbelievable prompting her to ask me 'daddy, is this story real?' Being that she is only nine I took the cheap way ...
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Is the Kabbalah Center kosher? [duplicate]

I suspect many have heard of the Kabbalah Center. Founded by Philip Berg (who went by the moniker of R' Yehudah Berg, despite likely lacking semicha), the Kabbalah center is known for publishing ...
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Can one practice saying Kaddish by oneself, for educational purposes? [duplicate]

If someone wants to get better at saying one of the Kaddishes (Kaddish d'Rabbanan, Kaddish Yatom [Mourners], etc.), is it permissible to say the Kaddish out loud by oneself? Kaddish is classified as ...
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Should one make a bracha on food if only a child is eating?

I think it is common to make a bracha (blessing) when giving a small child food so that they learn the common brachot and learn to say "amen". Is this appropriate to do if you are not eating the food ...
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Does a teacher have to ask forgiveness for embarrassing a student after scolding him?

If a teacher/rebbi scolded a student for making fun of another student, and this rebuke was given in front of others, which embarrassed the student, does the rebbi have to ask that student for ...
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Are there any frum comic books?

I am looking for comic books or graphic novels which depict orthodox Judaism, and teach torah lessons. I am aware of Rabbi Wein's books which are more historical, I'm looking for something that is ...
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Source for guest bed in Sedom as a parable for education

Shalom has quoted R. Yakov Kaminetsky as saying: R' Yaakov Kaminetsky pointed to the Gemara about the "guest bed" in Sodom, where if you were too short they stretched you; too tall, they cut off ...
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Shul, Children and Chinuch

Someone once told me parents should not bring their children (i.e. that are below chinuch – they are not capable of being quiet on their own) to shul if they are going to disturb. It is also better ...
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Can a man fulfill his mitzvah of Talmud Torah through his sons?

A Jewish man has an obligation to learn Torah. However, not every Jewish man is capable of learning well. Even if he would quit his job and go to a full time kollel, he wouldn't accomplish that much,...
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What is the halacha regarding the expulsion of a student deemed a “nuisance student”?

Are there Halachic sources regarding the expulsion of a "nuisance student"? Or Halachic sources of not expelling a "nuisance student"? (Is this issue ever addressed as a real halachic issue?) Below ...
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What options are there for chanukiah lighting in southern latitudes?

What options are there for lighting chanukiyot in southern latitudes where younger children will be going to bed well before sunset? Adults may stay up for lighting chanukiyot but what options are ...