Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Eating in a synagogue


One may not eat in a synagogue, by which we mean a room dedicated for prayer.

There is two exceptions to this rule:
1) Eating while remaining in the synagogue for the sake of the synagogue itself. An example: A guard who needs to remain in the synagogue itself in order to fulfill his duty.

2) Eating at a meal in honor of a mitzvah, such as a siyum (celebrating completion of a course of Torah study) if the meal will not involve intoxication.

(Code of Jewish Law Orach Chaim 151:1,4; Mishneh Berurah 151:17,20)

Have a great day,

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