Monday, November 10, 2008

Sanctity of the synagogue


We now move from discussing synagogue construction to synagogue sanctity.

Because the synagogue is supposed to be a mini-Beit haMikdash [Jerusalem Temple], and there is a biblical obligation to feel and express awe for the Beit haMikdash, one must also treat the synagogue with the greatest respect.

Therefore, one may not engage in frivolous conversation, or even business conversation, in a synagogue - even outside of times of prayer.

(Code of Jewish Law Orach Chaim 151:1; Mishneh Berurah 151:1-2)

Have a great day,

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