Can A Child Be Counted For A Minyan, Etc.? A Journey Into The Depths Of The Shulchan Aruch’s “Chelek Ha’Chamishi”


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It may be confusing to the ordinary man when he sees what may seem like inconsistencies in rabbonim’s piskei halacha. In a fascinating shiur, HaRav Osher Weiss, shlit”a, took his talmidim at the Center for Kehillah Development on an enthralling journey, giving the avreichim a glimpse of the considerations that a Moreh Hora’ah must take into account in real people’s lives.

When do you rely on a lone halachic opinion? What was underlying the ruling of the rabbonim in Europe to eat Chadosh? How did Rav Moshe Feinstein ztz”l permit a child to be counted for a minyan, and why can the rav of the kehillah say a bracha when counting the Omer even though he forgot to count on a previous day?

“The most important klal in the klalei hora’ah is that there are no definitive k’lalei hora’ah – every k’lal needs to be examined and adapted,” explained HaRav Weiss, “We always need to apply svara, yedias HaTorah, and the feeling and intuition of the posek.”

HaRav Weiss gives shiur regularly at the Center for Kehillah Development in Yerushalayim, and this shiur was one of a series regarding darchei psak.

The Center for Kehillah Development is a Jerusalem-based, 5-year post-kollel leadership program for English-speaking avreichim ages 25-30. The program was developed under the guidance of Gedolim to cultivate yungelite who aspire to be poskim, mechanchim, and community leaders. The program provides avreichim who are committed to a lifetime of work serving KIal Yisroel with a 5-year stipend, and extensive limud and shimush.

For more information about the CKD, or to apply for this coming Elul zman, you may visit or send an email to [email protected]

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