5. Once a minor knows how to put on a tallit, his father must buy him zizit in order to educate him in this Mitzva. The authorities differ as to the age when this applies; some hold that at nine years old, others say for an intelligent child from six years old and one not so bright at nine years old, and a third opinion is that once he reaches the age of three there is already an obligation to educate him as the Torah indicates (in Leviticus 19) 'for three years they shall be restricted to you...and in the fourth year, etc.' This minor should say the blessing over zizit in the same way as an adult, and when he reaches the age of thirteen years he has the same obligation concerning zizit as an adult (K.Hach 17:10) and he should not wait until marriage to fulfill this Mitzva. (Mishna Berura 17:10)
Note from us: Please consult your own rabbi to find out what to do - these are for learning purposes only.
As quoted from:
Shulchan HaMelech, a Kitzur Shulchan Aruch in 3 volumes as compiled by Maharan HaRav Shmuel Laniado z'al, 1923 with the supplement "Al HaShulchan" containing various opinions compiled by Ezra Basri, Chief Justice of the District Court, Jerusalem in 1992.
We would like to dedicate this learning for the speedy and complete recovery of several people, including Gittel bas Yehudis, Mendel ben Florence, our friends' 5-year-old son, Joseph Benjamin, son of Ireneusz Khrystof, diagnosed in April with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, and a longtime friend of the family, Franco, son of Joseph, who is B"H recovering from thyroid surgery. Please have them in mind when studying. For updates on Joey please go to his site, http://caringbridge.org/visit/josephlacki
B"H we did our last Happiness Conference Call Tuesday night on skype, reading the Rabbi Pliskin Happiness book as a merit for these and other cholim - we thank those who participated and hope you will all join us for the next installment tonight at 9pm (contact me to find out how to join - firstname.lastname@example.org). We are also thinking about recording/rerecording the classes and uploading them to a web site - for that we need sponsors though - we can mention the sponsor on the site and in the class itself and the money will go to one of several charities. For more information please ask! :)