Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Synagogue as shortcut


One may not take a shortcut through a synagogue's room which is designated for prayer. However, one who entered primarily to pray may then exit through the other side, even though that is closer to his inteded destination.

In fact, some specifically enter through one door and exit through the other, mimicking the path of the kohanim in the Beit haMikdash as well as showing love for the synagogue by traversing more of its space.

(Code of Jewish Law Orach Chaim 151:6; Mishneh Berurah 151:21)

Have a great day,

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