No Results Found.

1,133. Permitted Signs
by in
166:2 A house, a baby, and a woman are not sorcery but they are a sign. For example, if one built a house, had a baby, or married a woman, whether he succeeds in three subsequent endeavors or not, it is a good indicator for him in the future and he can say such things […]
1,132. Superstition
by in
165:16 One may not enlist an idolator to serve as a child’s teacher or professional mentor. All the more so, one may not enlist an apostate Jew to fill these roles, as we are afraid the child may emulate him. 166:1 The Torah commands us (Leviticus 19:26) not to use divination or to follow omens. […]
1,131. Teaching on Shabbos
by in
165:14 On Shabbos, children should not be taught a new subject that they haven’t studied before. This is because we are not allowed to exert ourselves on Shabbos. That which they have already gone over once may be reviewed on Shabbos. 165:15 If a child found something, and certainly if something was given to him […]
1,130. Neglectful Teachers
by in
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
by in
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
by in
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
by in
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
by in
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
by in
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 […]