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335. Building a New Shul
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Tefillah u’Birkas Kohanim 11:12 We may not tear down a shul in order to build a new one in its place or elsewhere. Rather, one should first build the new shul and only then tear down the old one. This is in case problems arise preventing the new shul from being built. This rule applies […]
334. The Sanctity of a Shul
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Tefillah u’Birkas Kohanim 11:10 One who enters a shul to daven or to study Torah may leave by the opposite door in order to shorten his trip. One may enter a shul with his staff, his shoes, his money-belt, and with dust on his feet. (One could not do these things in the Temple.) If […]
333. Not Using a Shul as a Shortcut
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Tefillah u’Birkas Kohanim 11:8 If a shul or a study hall has two entrances, one may not use it as a shortcut, entering through one door and leaving through the other. This is because we are only permitted to enter these places for the purposes of a mitzvah. Tefillah u’Birkas Kohanim 11:9 If one must […]
332. Behavior in Shul
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Tefillah u’Birkas Kohanim 11:6 No may not act frivolously in shul; this includes joking around and and idle conversation. We may not eat or drink in a shul, nor use it for our personal benefit. One may not use it to seek shelter from the sun or the rain. Scholars and their students are permitted […]
331. Seating in Shul
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Tefillah u’Birkas Kohanim 11:4 The seating arrangement in shul is as follows: The elders sit facing the congregation with their backs toward the aron. The congegation sits in rows, each row facing the back of the one in front of it. Therefore, the congregation faces the aron and the elders. When the shaliach tzibbur davens, […]
330. Where to Build the Shul
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Tefillah u’Birkas Kohanim 11:2 When a shul is built, it should be at the highest point of the city as suggested by Proverbs 1:21, “She cries at the head of public places.” The shul should be built higher than the other buildings in the city as per Ezra 9:9, “to raise up the house of […]
329. Building a Shul
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Tefillah u’Birkas Kohanim 10:16 One who is davening with a congregation may not daven before the congregation. If one enters shul and finds the congregation davening the silent Amidah, then if he can start davening and complete before the shaliach tzibbur reaches kedushah, he should daven Shemoneh Esrei. If not, he should wait until the […]