I am bias here, I was raised to treat a beit k'neset (shul) with utmost respect; not to use the sanctuary as a shortcut, avoid mundane discussions there etc. I now live in a community which festively decorates the sanctuary of the shul in honor of the advent of Adar with all manner of frivolity. I would like to know what the poskim say in regards to this practice? Is it permitted and if so why (meaning why is it not a p'gam in the kavod of a beit k'neset)?
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