Raising Jewish Children – the term conjures up an image of a boy or girl, growing up as the embodiment of our dreams – an unending source of pride and nachas.
But chinuch is not only a joy, it is a duty, a mitzvah. To raise a child properly, a parent must master a large and complex body of Halachah. The issues are varied and the answers are not always readily available.
What may one launder for a child on Chol HaMoed?
How should one prepare baby cereal on Shabbos?
Should one buy arbah minim for a child?
May one use ma’aser money to pay tuition?
How should one warm baby bottles on Shabbos?
At what ages do duties and prohibitions come into play?
The questions are endless; the answers are enlightening – for Halachah is the way of Jewish life, a road map through desire, need, and confusion. Like the other authoritative books of Rabbi Simcha Bunim Cohen, Children in Halachah takes the mystery out of complex issues. It is clear, easy-to-use, and documented. Clearly, it reflects years of rigorous research, consultation, and application.
All the pertinent halachic details regarding children and Kashrus, Tznius, Yomim Tovim, Brochos as well as an all encompassing treatment of children and Shabbos are included in this masterpiece.
The author is a highly respected scholar, and an acknowledged authority in the demanding field of halachic codification and application. His books in this field are acclaimed by halachic experts in America and Israel, and they have become reliable, well-thumbed handbooks for many thousands of people. They include decisions – some published for the first time – by such masters as Harav Moshe Feinstein k’’mz and j’’kjcvk Harav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach and Harav Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg t’’yhka.
This work is a distinguished and valuable addition to the new genre of halachic works that are responding to today’s need for clear, accurate, and comprehensive answers to the new and practical questions that arise day in, day out.