Sunday, August 10, 2008

Mourning for the Beit haMikdash, year-round


When the Beit haMikdash [Jerusalem Temple] was destroyed, the sages enacted that any Jew building a structure should leave a part unfinished, in a visible area near the entrance, as a memorial to the destruction of the Temple. That segment should have an area of about 3 square feet.

If a Jew buys a structure which was built by a non-Jew, he is not obligated to damage it in order to create such a memorial.

(Code of Jewish Law Orach Chaim 560:1; Mishneh Berurah 560:3-4)

Have a good day,

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