Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Entering a non-Jewish sanctuary


One may not enter a sanctuary used by a religion which is considered idolatry for Jews, even when worship is not in progress. However, there is room for leniency regarding entering an anteroom for a particular, known purpose, like voting on Election Day.

(Rivivot Ephraim 1:64)

Have a great day,


  1. As someone who teaches at a local university and postgraduate institution, the graduation ceremonies are frequently held in established churches of some denomination. I've looked to see if there is some "religious articles" such as statues or "crucifixes". Does the prohibition weaken if there are no religious articles in the actual religious institution and the appearance is more "parve"? And, is there any reason to differentiate between different non-Jewish denominations (e.g., protestant, Baptist, Lutheran etc.)
    Thanks, Michael Felder

  2. Michael-
    I think you know what I'm going to say here...