Wednesday, October 22, 2008

New Topic: Building a synagogue


We are taught that members of a community who decide to build a synagogue may take up a mandatory collection for the construction, requiring all members of the community to contribute according to their means.

Ideally, this should be a building which is dedicated as a synagogue, but where that is not possible they should rent a building.

The definition of "synagogue" is, per Rambam, a building in which they will gather at each time of prayer.

(Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 150:1; Mishneh Berurah 150:1-2)

Have a great day,

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