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Topic: Babies, Mirrors, Looking

Paula Sharfe wrote:

Friends and I heard that one should not allow a baby in its first year to look into mirrors. We have been unsuccessful in finding a source for this and would appreciate it if you could help us. Thank you.

Dear Paula,

I've heard this as well, although there are differing versions of how long to keep the baby away from the mirror: During the baby's first year; until the baby get its first tooth; and for a boy until the Brit. However, I consulted Rabbi Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg, shlita, who knows of absolutely no source for this whatsoever and indicated that it is a mere bubbe maiseh ('Tall-Tale').

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