Boys Who Accepted Nezirus Create Shailah for Poskim

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This past week, a class of boys in Lakewood, NJ, were learning about nezirus, when two 12-½-year-old boys each remarked, “I wish to become a nazir for a minute.” Since the halacha is that a person who is almost 13 – kotton hasomuch l’ish in halachic jargon – may be mekabel nezirus, and if one accepts nezirus for even a short amount time it goes into effect for a period of 30 days, there was concern that the boys were obligated to adhere to the nezirus.

The question was presented to Rav Yaakov Forchheimer, senior posek at Beth Medrash Govoah in Lakewood, who, in turn, presented the shailah to his rebbi, Rav Shmuel Kamenetsky, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva of Philadelphia. Rav Kamenetsky said that the boys should adhere to the laws of nezirus, such as not drinking wine or taking a haircut, until they go to a rov to be matir their safeik neder.

After this story was first reported last week on a Dan’s Deals forum and then on the Yiddish Kol Mevaser phone hotline, spoke to a talmid of Rav Kamenetsky, who confirmed the details of the rosh yeshiva’s response to the shailah.



  1. I heard once heard someone say in the name of R’ Pam ZT”L that b’zman hazeh since there or no more korbanos the entire nezeirus can not take place.


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