February 21, 2011 12:46 am at 12:46 am #595184
Do you think it is acceptable to bring babies and small children who cannot sit quietly to megillah reading? Why or why not?February 21, 2011 12:53 am at 12:53 am #742984
It is not acceptable to bring babies and children to shul whom you know will have a hard time being quiet. It is not fair. Do the right thing and stay home. You can hear the meggilah at a later time.February 21, 2011 12:53 am at 12:53 am #742985
Im a father of 3 and honestly it isnt a question. no it isnt acceptableFebruary 21, 2011 12:55 am at 12:55 am #742986
Yes, if it’s a women’s only reading.February 21, 2011 12:58 am at 12:58 am #742987
If they cannot be quiet then of course not, beside disturbing other people you will not be yoitze yourself. If you expect the child to sleep through the leining or quietly eat his pekele you still need to know that you take a risk, the second the child becomes resstless you have to walk out. To bad if you spent helf an hour getting ready and another helf hour looking for parking.February 21, 2011 1:00 am at 1:00 am #742988
so why is it okay if it is a ladies reading? the reason why there is a ladies kriyah is that they can leave the kids home with a husband or baby sitter so they can listen to megillah with menuchas nefesh and do the mitzvah.February 21, 2011 1:11 am at 1:11 am #742989
popa: why? Are women patur? (rhetorical question)
I lein at home for my grandmother every year. Last year a couple of local women whose children were too young to behave in shul came too. It was a small enough group that I could simply stop every time a child started disrupting and continued when their mothers calmed them down.February 21, 2011 1:29 am at 1:29 am #742990
No! With the best of intentions, even when mothers run out as soon as the kids cry or talk, it interrupts the Megillah.February 21, 2011 1:31 am at 1:31 am #742991
No, it’s not acceptable.
In order to get the Mitzvah of hearing the Megillah, each man AND woman must hear every word. He or she certainly can’t do that if the babies and small children can’t sit quietly and not make noise, and if the babies and children have to be constantly shushed.
There is usually more than one Megillah reading at night and in the morning. Do the correct and decent thing, and leave your children with someone who has already heard the first Megillah reading, or who will hear the Megillah reading after you’ve attended the first Megillah reading.
The Shul today takes the place of the Bais HaMikdash (from “Praying with Fire”). Besides your being able to get the entire Mitzvah of hearing the Megilla reading, your leaving children at home (who can’t behave properly in Shul) teaches them that they can’t come to Hashem’s House until they can sit quietly and daven or listen to the Megillah, because Hashem’s Presence is in the Shul, and one must behave with Respect towards Hashem, the King of Kings.
A Shul is not a playground or a baby-sitting service.
If you took a child to work with you, one day; would you let the child run around and make noise?
So would you let your children run around and make noise in the Bais HaMikdash, the House of the King of Kings?
So why would you bring to Shul (which is in the place of the Bais HaMikdash today) or a Megillah reading, babies and small children who cannot sit quietly?February 21, 2011 1:31 am at 1:31 am #742992
Wah.. Mommy can’t take me this year!!February 21, 2011 1:37 am at 1:37 am #742993
to popa, women have the same chiyuv as men and crying babies and talking children disturb women as much as men. I get upset when I see young children at women’s laining, the purpose of the second laining is that the children can stay at home presumably with the father and the women can hear the megillah. If fact it is easier if children go to the first laining because there they stop longer for haman and the children have an outlet, by the women’s laining they ususally go past haman with very little fanfare.February 21, 2011 1:43 am at 1:43 am #742994
Sorry popa, even if it’s a women’s only reading, bringing children who can’t be quiet is not acceptable. The women have to hear the megila as well and if the children are making noise, (and the mothers are ignoring them, as tends to happen), then it’s not fair to everyone around. Leave them at home with someone who already heard or will hear later.February 21, 2011 1:55 am at 1:55 am #742995
so why is it okay if it is a ladies reading?
You asked the question; you can’t be annoyed with the answer.February 21, 2011 2:10 am at 2:10 am #742996
I asked the question in order to encourage discussion on a matter that really bothers me. It really bothers me when a baby is screaming next to me and then I feel upset because I left my babies home with my husband so I could listen to the megillah. I am glad to see that many posters agree with me, like “QuestionForYou”. I try to go to megillah readings late at night when most kids are sleeping and early the next morning (when they are still sleeping) 🙂 I love kids but not their noise during megillah reading!February 21, 2011 2:16 am at 2:16 am #742997
Oh. I thought you were asking because you wanted to hear opinions.
So I figured to give a differing opinion. I chose women’s readings because I figured people might think I was serious.February 21, 2011 2:35 am at 2:35 am #742998
I lain Megillah in a large shul every year. I can tell you that, as a ba’al kriah, I hate disturbances of any type, including that of children crying. Part of the problem is that I have to balance the needs of the k’lal against that of individual people.
I don’t want people to miss the opportunity to be yotzei the mitzvah of Krias HaMegillah. The problem is that if I stopped (and went back) *every* time I hear a disturbance, the Megillah laining would take hours. So that means that I have to make a judgment call on whether to stop and go back or not.
The result is that every time I lain for the tzibbur, there are, undoubtedly, some women who were not yotzei, since I can’t *always* go back (and there are also, no doubt, some disturbances that I don’t hear but, nonetheless, cause people to not be yotzei).
The WolfFebruary 21, 2011 2:57 am at 2:57 am #742999
I would like to understand the reasoning why women bring young babies and children to shul for megillah reading. So far everyone is on my side, saying it is very disruptive and unfair to others. would like to hear the other side of the story.February 21, 2011 3:01 am at 3:01 am #743000
Ima I would like to understand the reasoning why women bring young babies and children to shul for megillah reading.
Theyre optimistic that THIS time the child/ren will be an angel/s.February 21, 2011 3:12 am at 3:12 am #743001
one thing I do when my children get old enough to learn about listening to megillah but not able to sit through it is I go to megillah for a little bit. We stand outside until we hear a haman and come in then so not to disturb. we stay for a few minutes so the child/children can chap a few hamans and then leave during a haman. It gives the child the feeling of having heard the megillah without having to be quiet which for sure would not happen. Of course it means i have to go to the later laining to be yotzei.February 21, 2011 3:14 am at 3:14 am #743002
well meaning busy bodyMember
Part of the problem is that I have to balance the needs of the k’lal against that of individual people.
what about ????? ??????? ask a ???? ?????February 21, 2011 3:21 am at 3:21 am #743003
what about ????? ??????? ask a ???? ?????
In the middle of laining????
The WolfFebruary 21, 2011 4:04 am at 4:04 am #743004
well meaning busy bodyMember
Now !! I did not mean 11:05 PMFebruary 21, 2011 4:55 am at 4:55 am #743005
Sorry to say, absolutely not. No one is yotzeh if they miss even one word.February 21, 2011 5:42 am at 5:42 am #743006
Why even bother going? Forget about everyone else – You yourself wont be yoitzeh (if you miss words).February 21, 2011 7:24 am at 7:24 am #743007
no way. i keep my kids home until they’re about 5 and really know how to sit still and quietly for the whole thing.February 21, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am #743008
m in IsraelMember
Just to help people be Dan Lkaf Zchus a little and understand, often there are children who really are too young to be quiet the whole time, but they already go to school/ preschool/ gan and have learned all about listening to the megilla, made their graggers, etc. Parents are now put in the position of having to tell them they are too young to come! Some parents just hope things will work out, with the results discussed above!
In my old neighborhood they addressed this issue by having a “kids megilla reading”. The Bal Korai at this minyan would lein about half of the megilah, for kids. It was not to be yotzei the Mitzvah, but to give them the opportunity to come to shul, listen to part of the megillah, shake their graggers, etc., without disturbing the real kriah.
Maybe this idea can be adopted in other places!February 21, 2011 5:55 pm at 5:55 pm #743009
i really like the idea of a separate liening for kids!February 21, 2011 6:06 pm at 6:06 pm #743010
in my neighborhood they have a few extra readings for women only. this way the men can stay home with the kids and the wife can go hear .
sometimes the hatzalah guys who miss it being read coz of a hatzalah call come to these extra readings too.February 21, 2011 6:07 pm at 6:07 pm #743011
If your kids can’t be quiet the whole time there is no reason they should be there.February 21, 2011 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm #743012
Young parents, please listen up. IT IS NOT ACCEPTABLE TO BRING SMALL KIDS OR CRYING BABIES TO SHUL. It is not acceptable during a regular davening, if they will disturb others, and it is not acceptable even more so at a Megillah laining, which cannot be done over on the spot once you have missed a word, because the baal kriah does not know and it is assur for you to speak, anyway.
I stayed home for many years and had my father O”H lain for me, when I had small children. I only sent my kids to shul when they were old enough to sit quietly and not interrupt anyone’s kavanah. You do no mitzvah and you actually do an aveira, when you think you are being mechaneich small children by bringing them to shul when they are not yet ready. Just a thought.
The kids’ megillah reading idea sounds excellent btw, as long as they stay in there.February 22, 2011 1:59 am at 1:59 am #743013
m in Israel, love the idea of a kid’s laining!!!February 22, 2011 2:53 am at 2:53 am #743014
I believe that if you think you missed a word of the megillah you can read it yourself and then catch up quickly to the person who is reading.February 22, 2011 2:57 am at 2:57 am #743015
I believe that if you think you missed a word of the megillah you can read it yourself and then catch up quickly to the person who is reading.
Yes, but only if you’re using a kosher megillah.
The WolfFebruary 22, 2011 6:36 am at 6:36 am #743016
Mother in IsraelMember
Wolf, I heard otherwise from one of the biggest poskim in Yerushalayim. He said that if one misses a few words, they can read it themselves from their sefer until they catch up. I was once in a situation where there were many, many children in shul and I had to keep reading to myself to catch up. I asked a shaila afterwards to see if I was yotzei and the psak was that I was, as long as I hadn’t read more than a certain percentage of it (which I cannot recall right now).February 22, 2011 1:54 pm at 1:54 pm #743017
1) What happens if you’re trying to calm down a crying baby or a small child who won’t keep quiet and you miss a word and can’t catch up?
2) What happens if you have to read to yourself, more than the certain percentage of the Megillah?
In any case, is this an excuse to bring to Shul, babies and children who make noise during the Megillah reading or Davening?February 22, 2011 2:48 pm at 2:48 pm #743018
totally not acceptable to bring young children to shul for laining. our shul tells parents to leave (b4 laining) if the child will disrupt.February 22, 2011 2:54 pm at 2:54 pm #743019
Mother in Israel wrote
Wolf, I heard otherwise from one of the biggest poskim in Yerushalayim. He said that if one misses a few words, they can read it themselves from their sefer until they catch up
And I checked in Shulchan Aruch & saw otherwise!!February 22, 2011 3:14 pm at 3:14 pm #743020
Wolf, I heard otherwise from one of the biggest poskim in Yerushalayim.
OK. I could very easily be wrong. Lord knows it wouldn’t be the first time in my life.
The WolfFebruary 22, 2011 3:47 pm at 3:47 pm #743021
I’ve heard about catching up w/o using a kosher megillah as well, but that it was for minor misses (like a word or two) not paragraphs.
My oldest is very good. He can sit quietly if you tell him to. He regularly goes to shul with my husband and behaves. I brought him to megillah even as a young baby/child without issues.
Unfortunately, the women’s section in my shul is so noisy with kids, that while you can hear, I’m not sure what to do with my 17 month old. Bring him? Not Bring him? We’ll see what happens.February 22, 2011 5:14 pm at 5:14 pm #743022
“would like to hear the other side of the story. “
Sometimes there is no other side. Remember Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof” when his daughter decided to marry a non-Jew?February 22, 2011 6:48 pm at 6:48 pm #743023
Mother in IsraelMember
QuestionForYou, I was not implying that this halacha makes it okay to bring babies to shul. I’m adamantly against that and always go to a different reading than my husband so the kids can stay home. We let our kids come once they’re around 7 and only after a little lecture on how important it is to be quiet.February 22, 2011 7:12 pm at 7:12 pm #743025
Some Halachic backgroud:
One is not allowed to lain Megillah from a sefer (non Klaf). However just like a Megillah that is missing some letters or even words (or even an entire Pasuk) is still valid (SA 690:3), and one can read those letters and words by heart (ibid), one can also be read the megillah Via Shomaya K’One from the Klaf, and read “some words” Ba’al Peh. (catching up to where the Koreh is), as long as Rov is read from the Klaf.
However, an entire “Inyan” can not be left out of the Megillah, so it can not be read Ba’al Pah, so it can’t be made up either.
As usual, ask your LOR for actual practice.
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