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Family Halachah

Rabbi Doniel Neustadt

Toys and games constitute an important and enjoyable part of Shabbos for many children…and many adults, as well! Which are permitted, and which are prohibited or discouraged?

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Can you give some general guidelines as to what children's building toys, such as Lego, Clics, and other toys that connect to construct an object, are permitted on Shabbos and which ones are not?

Contemporary poskim are divided in their opinion as to whether or not parents may permit children above the age of chinuch (approximately 6-7 years old) to play on Shabbos with toys which interlock together, such as Lego, Bristle Blocks, Clics or Tinker Toys. Some poskim, including Rav S.Z. Auerbach, allow playing with these on Shabbos, while others, including Rav Y.S. Elyashiv, are more stringent. It stands to reason that Waffle Blocks, which are loosely connected blocks, would be permitted even according to the more stringent view.

 

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