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Lakewood: Two Children Required To Be ‘Matir Neder’ Aafter Being ‘Mekabel Nezires’ Upon Themselves

cIt’s the type of story you don’t hear every day, but a story that sure taught a lesson to one class, and beyond.

Sources tell TLS that while Learning about Nazir last week in Cheder, two 12-year-old children almost Bar Mitzvah apparently found it fascinating, and declared to the class that they’re becoming a Nazir!

Some of the stringencies of a Nazir include not being allowed to drink grape juice, cutting your hair, or going into a Bais Hakvaros.

Though they reportedly announced it was just for a minute or a day, the minimum length of time for Nezires is 30 days, thus putting them in a sticky situation because their declaration came just before their Bar Mitzvah.

The Rebbe decided to ask a Shaila, and approached one of the Lakewood Poskim. The Posek took the matter very seriously, and took the Shaila to the Philadelphia Rosh Yeshivah Reb Shmuel Kaminetzky Shlita.

On behalf of TLS, a Talmid of Reb Shmuel Kaminetzky Shlita inquired from the Rosh Yeshivah as to the accuracy of the incident, and the Rosh Yeshivah confirmed it was indeed the case, and the Shaila was brought before him.

“The Rosh Yeshivah said that he had Paskened that the children should keep the Dinim of Nezires, and that the children would have to go to a Rav to be Matir Neder. However, the Rosh Yeshivah said the children should only go after Shabbos, so they have time to reflect on the seriousness of a simple declaration.”

(Source: TLS)

4 Responses

  1. Stam nizirus shloshim yom but where exactly would thru have brought karbonos?

    They would have been thrown out of yeshiva FOREVER, for having long hair!

  2. Because we do not have a Bais HaMikdosh, the Nezirus would have to be forever.

    A 12 year-old is considered a מופלא הסמוך לאשי ודינו שנדריו נבדקים and the Neder (or Nezirus) is valid.

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