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Public Desecration of Shabbos for Children

Can a child (who is already a bit older or more of a “bar-das”) have the din of a m’chalel shabbos b’farhesia”?

Although I’m not sure what the nafka minah would be I’m more interested in knowing if the din could apply at all?

Answer:

If a child is below the age of bar mitzvah, he will not have the halachos of a mechalel shabbos – because he is not yet obligated in mitzvos.

Thus, although some authorities are stringent concerning, say, wine of those who violate Shabbos publicly, there is no room for this stringency concerning children.

Best wishes.

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