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Shulchan Aruch O.C. 90:23 הבגדים המצויירים אף על פי שאינם בולטות אין נכון להתפלל כנגדם It is not proper to pray facing colorful garments, even if they do not protrude. Beis Yosef, citing Rambam, explains that the reason it is preferable to pray close to the wall is in order to not see distracting things. If these kippot have drawings or writing ...


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1 Aish says The Talmud says that the purpose of wearing a kippah is to remind us of God, who is the Higher Authority "above us" (Kiddushin 31a). 2 Halachipedia quotes the Gemoro (Shabbat 156b) to say “A Kippah or Yarmulke is a religious head covering worn to inspire fear of heaven in the mind of the one wearing it as it reminds the wearer ...


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As someone who lived in San Diego for nearly 20 years and has been in the former synagogue you're talking about, the building is not a functioning synagogue and no yarmulke is required for entry, but out of respect, I would generally recommend it. I should add that I have attended simchas (weddings, etc.) in there (the building can be rented out), and when ...


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yes you are of course aloud to pray in a synagogue, even an active one as long as if they ask you to be part of leading the communal prayers you turn down the offer. As far as to whether you should wear a yarmulke inside a historic building... that would depend on the rules given by the building owner or tour guide. if they don't ask you to wear one and ...


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I know how you're feeling. I visited my first synagogue with my church confirmation class in high school, then visited a reform synagogue where I went to college, and then went on to conservative and eventually orthodox synagogues where I finally converted. (I had a conservative conversion earlier, but I don't count that.) And although the synagogue your ...


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Refer to Kings I chap. 8 v 41-42. After completing the building of the First Temple in Jerusalem, King Solomon prays to God: "Also to the stranger who is not from the nation of Israel who comes (to visit the Temple) from a far-away land for the sake of your name. For they will hear of your name and your strong hand and outstretched arm and he will come and ...


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I have met people who have converted and who would go to shul while they were studying for conversion. However, they were careful to do so under the supervision of the rabbi who was teaching them and advising them on each step of the way. For example, how to "violate" the shabbat in some way, what to say, etc. Many nonJews put on a yarmulkeh when going to a ...



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