JERUSALEM (VINnews) — In a dramatic psak given during the Shabbos Shuva drasha, Rabbi Moshe Sternbuch, the leading posek of the Edah Charedis, said that parents should not give their children candies on Yom Kippur.Join our WhatsApp group
Rabbi Sternbuch’s drasha, which was given at the Dushinsky shul in Jerusalem, focused on the issue of feeding children on Yom Kippur. After discussing the halachic ramifications at length, Rabbi Sternbuch concluded that the permit to feed children on Yom Kippur refers only to nutritious food but food which is meant only for its taste cannot be given to children and this may constitute an Issur of Lo Ta’achilum (prohibition of feeding a child forbidden items).
Rabbi Sternbuch based his reasoning on the ruling of the Ran who says that the only permission to feed a child is in order to prevent Pikuach Nefesh, (a life-threatening situation.) as opposed to Rambam who gives a blanket permit to feed children. The ruling of the Ran is adopted by the Magen Avraham and Mishna Berurah.
Thus only foods which can make a child healthier will prevent a life-threatening situation but candies which are only meant for taste cannot be given. However healthy foods can be given without limits, in order to prevent life-threatening situations.