From the Rav’s Desk: Bringing children to a cemetery

  1. Question: [Sunday, 3rd Tammuz, 5781]

I would like to visit the Rebbe’s Ohel on Gimel Tammuz but I am stuck at home with my baby and I heard that you’re not allowed to bring a baby into a cemetery. May I do so in honor of Gimel Tammuz?


Unlike the common misconception [which is found even among Gentiles and is not exclusively a Jewish misconception], there is no Halachic or Hashkafic or Kabbalistic issue [that I am aware of] with bringing a child into a cemetery, and hence certainly you should not avoid going to the Rebbe’s Ohel just because you have to bring your baby with you. There is no source for avoiding bringing children to a cemetery and it is a mere matter of personal Hergesh/emotion and therefore if you want you may certainly do so anytime. This of course only applies if your child is not a Kohen, in which case it would be an actual prohibition to bring him to any cemetery.

Sources: See Michaber Y.D. 373:1 and Admur O.C. 343:5 that the prohibition against entering a child to a cemetery is only if he is a Kohen

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