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Q&A Reward for mitzvot pre-adulthood

There is a conept that there is a s'char mitzvah, a reward for doing a mitzvah, and an oneish/punishment for "sinning". But there is also an idea that a child, under the age of bar/bat mitzvah who ...

1 answer  ·  posted 1y ago by rosends‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Fred Wamsley‭

#2: Post edited by user avatar rosends‭ · 2023-01-01T17:56:19Z (over 1 year ago)
  • Reward for mitzvor pre-adulthood
  • Reward for mitzvot pre-adulthood
#1: Initial revision by user avatar rosends‭ · 2023-01-01T17:56:08Z (over 1 year ago)
Reward for mitzvor pre-adulthood
There is a conept that there is a s'char mitzvah, a reward for doing a mitzvah, and an oneish/punishment for "sinning". But there is also an idea that a child, under the age of bar/bat mitzvah who sins is not held accountable for the sin -- instead the father is held accountable. This is why the father, at a Bar Mitzvah celebration recites the statement of [Baruch ](https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/4007906/jewish/Baruch-Shepetarani-The-Bar-Mitzvah-Boys-Fathers-Blessing.htm)shep'tarani.

But this speaks to the sins of the minor. Is there a reward for a minor's mitzvot, and is that transferred to the adult the way the punishment for a sin would be?

A minor, though, is not obligated in many mitzvot and does some of them for the sake of chinuch, learning. Is there any s'char for a mitzvah performed when it isn't required, or performed only as an educational practice? Does that affect whether the reward moves to the parent?