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Does the talmud promote pedophilia?

TL;DR It is a misquote. It is talking about the age at which the girl converted, not the age at the time of the marriage. Regarding these sorts of misquotes in general, see this related question. ...
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Can too many decorations render a sukkah invalid?

Even if there's a decoration that completely covers the schach, if it's placed there merely for decoration, than it isn't a problem, provided that the decorations are within 4 tefachim of the schach (...
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Does a minor's siyum allow one to eat meat in the nine days?

Rabbi B'tzal'el Stern (B'tzel Hachochma volume 4 number 100) was asked whether a minor's siyum exempts an adult from taanis b'choros. He cites the Rambam (Hilchos Korban Pesach 5:7) as saying that ...
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Fourth Graders, Museum and Chillul Hashem

There are two relevant segments of the idea of chillul Hashem. One discussion is the discussion of when it necessitates giving up your life. That has one set of standards, laid out in Hilchos ...
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Was Baal worshiped via child sacrifice?

The prophet Jeremiah (19:5) clearly identifies the baal as one of the gods to which the Caananites offered their children: וּבָנוּ אֶת בָּמוֹת הַבַּעַל לִשְׂרֹף אֶת בְּנֵיהֶם בָּאֵשׁ עֹלוֹת ...
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Blowing bubbles on Shabbos

The Rivevos Ephraim Chelek 8:564:1 was asked if one can blow bubbles from chewing gum(bazuka). He writes that making bubbles from soap was discussed in Shmiras Shabbas Kehilchasa perek 17:30 and says ...
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Does a minor's siyum allow one to eat meat in the nine days?

Rav Eliyashiv (Ashrei Ha'ish 69:12) held that a katan who makes a siyum and makes a celebratory meal is not considered a seudas mitzvah which would permit one to have meat and wine.
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Children eating Matzah on Erev Pesach

R Israel Isserlein was asked this question. Here is his response (Terumat HaDeshen #125): קטן בערב פסח, שרי להאכילו מצות או לאו?‏ תשובה: ייראה, דאם לא הגיע הקטן לכלל דעת כל כך שיודע ומבין מה שמספרים ...
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Why do we throw kids in the air on Simchas Torah?

My local orthodox rabbi told us that on Simchas Torah, Korach jumps and yells "Moshe emes v'Toraso emes" in admission that he was wrong to rebel against Moshe Rabbeinu. In celebration of Korach's ...
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Shul, Children and Chinuch

This is from the Mishna Brurah 98:3 who quotes the Shla Hakodosh: ג) בניו הקטנים - בשל"ה קורא תגר על המביאים ילדים לבהכ"נ והיינו קטנים שעדיין לא הגיעו לחינוך מטעם כי הילדים משחקים ומרקדים בבהכ"נ ...
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Performing Magic Tricks for Children

In terms of magic to begin with Rav Moshe Feinstein (Iggros Moshe YD 4:13.) Seems to allow it. But later versions of Iggros Moshe seem to indicate he was hesitant to issue a Heter. However, the ...
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Are there any crafts permitted to do on Shabbat?

Shabbos laws can be very complicated and many activities that might seem innocent enough superficially can be potentially problematic, at a Rabbinic (d'rabanan), or even at a biblical level (d'orayta),...
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Sephardi Minhag of Boy Taking Maftir at Age 9

O Ch 284 (4) starts with the words that someone under barmitzvah (age not specified) can say the maftir. The source is a gemoro in Megilo 23a.
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Permissible laundry during the 9 days

Unfortunately, I once had to ask a shiala because my daughter had been discovered to have lice on the afternoon before Tisha b'Av, and the protocol is to launder all the clothes that might have come ...
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Can a court declare a minor's lulav ownerless? Has one?

It is indeed a problem to "give" the lulav to a minor for the reasons you have stated. Lending somebody a lulav does indeed mean that they have not performed the mitzvah as they must own it. However ...
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Should one make a bracha on food if only a child is eating?

The Shulchan Aruch allows one to recite a b'rocha on behalf of a child: אורח חיים קסז/יט מי שאינו אוכל אינו יכול לברך ברכת המוציא להוציא האוכלים אבל לקטנים יכול לברך אף על פי שאינו אוכל עמהם כדי ...
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Bnei Akiva and zionism

As an example as to why Rabbi Akiva is used as the symbol of Bnei Akiva we have History Beginnings in Israel Bnei Akiva was established in Israel in 1929, as the youth movement of the ...
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How to deal with the command of Vayikra/Leviticus 15:19

Yes, indeed, even an infant becomes impure. The mishna in Taharos 3:8 says תינוק הנמצא בצד העיסה ובצק בידו רבי מאיר מטהר וחכמים מטמאין שדרכו של תינוק לטפח A child/infant found next to dough, and ...
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Leniency to aggrieve a minor (one's child)?

A mitsva See Mishna Maccot chapter 2, 2: אַבָּא שָׁאוּל אוֹמֵר, מַה חֲטָבַת עֵצִים רְשׁוּת, יָצָא הָאָב הַמַּכֶּה אֶת בְּנוֹ {יא}, וְהָרַב הָרוֹדֶה אֶת תַּלְמִידוֹ, וּשְׁלִיחַ בֵּית דִּין {יב}: ‏...
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Children in the nine days

Rav Shmuel Kamenetsky in קובץ הלכות - בין המצרים, פרק ט הלכה ב-ה writes: 1 - Up to around five years old - there are no restrictions. 2 - Erev Shabbos, if a child is eating his Shabbos meal before ...
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Are children permitted to help build the Beis Hamikdash?

In practice, it would likely be considered forbidden for a child to help with building the Bais Hamikdash. This is due to the fact that their main 'job' is being educated, which supercedes almost ...
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Passing an infant across a table

The book ‘She’eilat Rav’ records that R. Chaim Kanievsky was asked about this practice. He replied simply that it’s something which people are careful about and referenced Rabbi Yosef Hahn in his ...
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Does the talmud promote pedophilia?

It is simply not true. Period. The citation to Yevamoth lead you no where relevant. Another false allegation is than usually brought further by falsely quoting Ketuvot 11b. I bring it here for the ...
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Shalom Aleichem of Kiddush Levanah to a Kattan

According to Rabbi Chayim Kanievski (She'elat Rav), one can say "shalom aleichem" to a kattan. This discussion is about the general chiyuv of a kattan in Kiddush Levanah.
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Are people taking care of their toddlers Patur from Sukkah?

There are two comparisons they need to be examined: 1. between bitul asse deorayta and shvut deshabbat (davka shvut de amira lenochri), 2. between cooking meal and taking care of an ill person. In ...
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How can we reconcile Devarim 24:16 with BaMidbar 16:27?

The Midrash Tanhuma (ed. Buber: Parashat Korah 6) notes that this was abnormal as normally children are not punished: אמר ר' ברכיה כמה קשה המחלוקת שב"ד של מעלה אינן קונסין אלא מבן עשרים שנה, וב"ד ...
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is a animal more responsible then a child? if yes why?

The Ramban (BERAISHIS 9:5) says that an animal which kills a person does not receive death as a punishment because animals do not get rewarded or punished for their actions (as they have no Bechira (...
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Information of Kiddushin 41a

There's no contradiction. A father has the "right" to marry off his minor daughter, as in if he does it, she's married. Despite that, he's not allowed to do it unless she's old enough to agree and ...
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Rambam's Mishneh Torah - Is a female pure after relations with a minor/gentile/animal?

The Rambam explains - the pasuk says 'וְאִשָּׁה אֲשֶׁר יִשְׁכַּב אִישׁ אֹתָהּ'... To exclude anything that isn't a fully grown Jewish adult man. Not that the Torah is condoning it, but it doesn't ...
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Is wine touched/shaken by a non-idolatrous Gentile child forbidden to drink?

From Avoda Zara 57a we see that even a baby who is one day old renders the wine prohibited for drinking: אמרו ליה רב כהנא ורב אסי לרב והא מר הוא דאמר תינוק בן יומו הוא עושה יין נסך אמר להו אימור ...
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