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6 The ma'akeh does not have to be a solid wall, but any spaces should be sufficiently narrow that a child cannot fall through. The ma'akeh should be sufficiently sturdy that it will hold back a person who falls against it.

4 A ma'akeh is required at the edge of any floor that people walk on, if the floor is more than ten t'fachim (40 inches) above the ground or above the next floor.


Your answer is in the Rambam that you quote. הלכות רוצח ושמירת נפש פרק יא בית של שני שותפין, חייב במעקה: שנאמר "כי ייפול הנופל ממנו" (דברים כב,ח), לא תלה אלא בנופל. אם כן למה נאמר "גגך" (שם)--למעט בתי כנסייות ובתי מדרשות, לפי שאינן עשויים לדירה Since a "shul" or "shteibel" — the place where people go now to pray and learn is not a Dira - a place ...

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