Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Children on Yom Kippur


Children are not obligated to refrain from eating and drinking, bathing or annointing their skin with oil. We do generally train children not to wear leather shoes, though, since this is not a hardship for them and it is an easy way to start sensitizing them to Yom Kippur.

Once children reach the age when they can understand Yom Kippur on a more mature level and when they are healthy enough to delay their meals somewhat - about 9 to 10 years old for most children - we start training them to fast by dealying their breakfast for an hour or so.

(Code of Jewish Law Orach Chaim 616:1-2)

Have an easy and meaningful fast, and may we be sealed for a great new year,

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