Sunday, November 16, 2008

Entering a synagogue for personal needs


We have reviewed several laws which limit the activities to be conducted in a synagogue. Essentially, a synagogue is for prayer and not for other purposes.

One who needs to enter a synagogue for some other purpose, such as to find someone, should sit down for several seconds while in the synagogue and recite some Torah lesson, or at least a sentence from the Torah, so that his time in that room will not be entirely devoid of a synagogue-appropriate activity.

(Code of Jewish Law Orach Chaim 151:1)

Have a great day,


  1. Good morning,

    vis a vis the "lesson" one might recite, I have seen those who say a line from Gemara. If I don't have any of those memorized, is it just as reasonable to say some brief tefila, single line of tehillim or other phrases?


  2. Hi Michael,

    Even a single pasuk is sufficient.