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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 One may not act frivolously in shul; this includes joking around 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 to […]
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 congregation 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 […]
328. Other Mistakes in Davening
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Tefillah u’Birkas Kohanim 10:14 If someone made a mistake and didn’t recite havdalah in the bracha of chonein hadaas, he should finish davening without going back at all. The same is true if one omitted al hanissim on Chanukah or Purim, or aneinu on a fast day; one need not repeat Shemoneh Esrei, neither an […]
327. Mistakes in the Aseres Y’mei Teshuvah
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Tefillah u’Birkas Kohanim 10:12 Whenever a person is required to repeat Shemoneh Esrei, the shaliach tzibbur would also be required to repeat the public Shemoneh Esrei if he made a similar error, except for shacharis on Rosh Chodesh. Then, if the shaliach tzibbur omits yaaleh v’yavo, he is not required to repeat Shemoneh Esrei because […]
326. Forgetting Yaaleh v’Yavo
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Tefillah u’Birkas Kohanim 10:10 Let’s say that someone makes a mistake and neglects to recite yaaleh v’yavo on a day that requires it. If he remembers before finishing Shemoneh Esrei, he should go back to the bracha of R’tzei and say it. If he remembers after he finishes davening, he must repeat Shemoneh Esrei from […]