According to Rashi, A child, even if he has reached the age of Chinuch is Potur from Mitzvas Krias Shema.
The child usually sleeps in the morning and in the evening the father is not at home.
(Shulchan Aruch O.Ch. 70:2)
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One of our readers submitted the following story about Reb Yaakov Kamentski :
I heard the following story from Rabbi Paretzky:
Rabbi Paretzky was walking up 14th Ave one night at approximately 11:30 PM
Another Person was walking towards him in the other direction holding the hand of his child.
As they were converging on the entrance to the Agudah shul on 14th Ave. R’ Yaakov Kamenetzky came out and they all met.
After the Shalom Aleichem’s R’ Yaakov asked the Yid what the child was doing up at this hour
He replied that they had a family Simcha and the boy had a nap in the afternoon
To which R’ Yaakov responded:
The reason there no chinuch on the mitzvah of Kriyas Shema – because children are supposed to be asleep at that time.
Why did the Chachamim not have the parents put the children to sleep in the afternoon so that the child can stay up to lein Kriyas Shema
With that he said good night and left.
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