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1,130. Neglectful Teachers
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165:12 If a teacher leaves his students and goes out, or if he does some work with them other than their studies, or if he is lazy in his job – in any of these cases, we apply the verse “Cursed is the one who does the work of G-d negligently” (Jeremiah 48:10). Therefore, one […]
1,129. Starting School
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165:10 As soon as a child starts to talk, he is taught the verses of “Torah tziva lanu Moshe…” (“Moshe commanded us the Torah…” – Deuteronomy 33:4) and Shema (Deuteronomy 6:4). One must make sure that the child is not soiled when teaching him Torah. The child is gradually taught various Torah verses until he […]
1,128. Teaching Torah to One’s Children
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165:8 According to the law, it’s permissible for a Jewish baby to be nursed by a non-Jewish woman but it’s preferable to have it done by a Jewish woman if possible. Similarly, if a Jewish nursing mother needs to eat some non-kosher food for medical reasons, it would be better not to nurse on those […]
1,127. Punishing a Child
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165:6 If a child stole something and the object still exists, we make him return it. If the object no longer exists, the child is exempt from human penalty, even after he grows up. Nevertheless, in order to fulfill his moral obligation, he must repay what he stole when he grows up. Similarly, if he […]
1,126. Things a Child May Not Do
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165:4 If something isn’t inherently prohibited but is only prohibited at a particular time, there is no obligation to train a child in that matter. Therefore, one may give a child something to eat before kiddush even though one is obligated to teach him about kiddush. One may not, however, give him something to eat […]
1,125. The Age of Chinuch
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165:2 The time to start teaching children positive commandments depends upon their individual levels of understanding. For example, one who understands about Shabbos is obligated to hear kiddush and havdalah and similar such things. Negative commandments, whether Biblical or rabbinic in origin, must be taught to every child upon reaching the age that he understands […]
1,124. Educating One’s Children
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164:10 If a woman miscarried and later gave birth to a healthy son, she must to consult a Torah authority regarding whether or not the baby requires redemption. 165:1 Every father is obligated to educate his children in all the mitzvos, both Torah laws and rabbinic laws, each mitzvah according to the child’s understanding. They […]
1,123. Who Need Not Redeem Their Sons?
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164:8 If the father ignored his obligation and didn’t redeem his son, or if he died and the beis din didn’t redeem the baby, then the son is obligated to redeem himself when he becomes an adult. He recites the bracha “…Who sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us regarding the redemption of a […]
1,122. Returning the Coins of a Pidyon HaBen
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164:6 The Turei Zahav wrote regarding the practice for the kohein to return all or part of the redemption money to the father and the matter requires further investigation. One who wants to perform the mitzvah properly should choose a needy kohein who is learned and pious. The father and the kohein arrange between themselves […]
1,121. The Pidyon HaBen Ceremony
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164:4 The father brings the baby to the kohein and tells him that he is the first-born, who “opened the womb” of a Jewish mother. He brings the equivalent of five silver shekels in coin or merchandise and places it before the kohein. He says to the kohein, “This is my son, my first born…” […]