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Firstly, there is a fascinating philosophical point that relates to this question. Maharal (Gur Aryeh to Shemot 1:15) points out that neither Yocheved, nor Amram's names were mentioned prior to Moshe's birth because Moshe was destined for this role from when G-d created the world. Had their names been mentioned, argues Maharal, it might cause people to think ...


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From what I have heard from multiple Rabbonim in Baltimore, the 'birds and the bees' discussion used to be (and should ideally still be) given over from father to son, mother to daughter, when they recognize their child is beginning to notice changes in their body. For that conversation about the physical drives Hashem gives us, a healthy and safe ...


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It writes in Shemos Rabbah 1:16: לְפִי שֶׁיָּרְאָה יוֹכֶבֶד מִפְּנֵי הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא, הֶעֱמִיד מִמֶּנָּה משֶׁה Because Yocheved feared Hashem, he brought forth Moshe from her. In addition, the Gemara in Shabbos 55b tells us that Amram never sinned in his lifetime (he died only due to the counsel of the snake). The Maharal in Chiddushei Aggados (...


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I personally have known many Jews that teach sex education in a mostly secular way to young children but then switch to a more halakhic/religious methodology when the children hit puberty. As a result of their influence I'm also planning on teaching my children in a similar way. Some of these Jews gave us a good book recommendation for teaching sex education ...


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The Minchas Chinuch Mitzva 1, number 14 proves from the fact that if ones children pass away without leaving children then the parent has the mitzvah of pru uruvu reinstated, that the mitzvah is not the act of sex creating the children, but rather the mitzvah is to have children in existence. (With this idea he explains why a convert who has children from ...


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As far as the Mitzvah of Pru Uruvu, the Minchas Chinuch in Mitzvah Alef has a long piece on the topic https://www.sefaria.org/Minchat_Chinukh.1.2?lang=bi Here are 2 excerpts that show that he holds although the children are not considered "sons" they are considered his "offspring". With this differentiation, perhaps you could apply it to ...


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I remember seeing that Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach zatza"l told Rav Avigdor Nebenzhal that when his son became bar mitzvah, he could make the bracha ברוך שפטרני מעונשו של זה with שם ומחכות, i.e. making a full bracha, because he could be truly say that he gave his child a proper chinuch and thus was no longer accountable for any future wrongdoing that his ...


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To add to what @sam has already answered... Essentially, when it comes to bringing children to shul we need strike a careful balance. On the one hand children should be trained to daven properly1 but at the same time, they should only be brought to shul,2 providing they do not disturb others.(As noted above in the Mishna Berurah 98:3) The של"ה הקדוש ...


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Rabbi Ben Zion Abba Shaul wrote that women and men taking care of children are exempt from tefillah due to being engaged with another mitzvah (עוסק במצוה פטור מן המצוה). As he writes in Or L'Zion 2:7:24, in the last paragraph of the footnotes: ‮ומכל מקום אשה הטופלת בילדים ועסוקה בכך כל היום ואין לה פנאי במשך היום להתפלל, פטורה לגמרי מן התפילה, שהרי היא ...


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As much as I enjoyed looking at the lights in the end of December growing up out of town, Rav Avigdor Miller isn't too keen on the idea to say the least: It’s very wrong to admire anything that is in any way connected to avodah zarah. Of course not! תזרם כמו דוה – “You should throw it away like something that is unclean” (Yeshai’ah 30:22). It’s disgusting. ...


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