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The Etz Chaim Synagogue in Chania, Crete has ostrich eggs hanging from its main chandelier.


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This link from the OU lists synagogues that are handicapped accessible.


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A story involving R. Shmuel Salant, R. Seligmann Baer Bamberger, and R. Yosef Carlebach is relevant to the history of the placement, the reason for the placement its connections to Reform, and the ultimate permissibly. To paraphrase R. Yosef Carlebach quoting Rav Shmuel Salant as cited by R. Dr. Shnayer Leiman's article in Traditon: Rav Salant gave the ...


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http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/1414652/jewish/Why-Is-the-Torah-Podium-in-the-Center-of-the-Synagogue.htm Rambam: So people can hear kriyas hatorah Chasam Sofer: it's like the mizbeach which was in the center of the courtyard He quotes the Gemara describing the shul in Alexandria that the bima was in the middle. As you wrote in your ...


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This is impossible to answer since we do not know where you daven or what kind of speed they daven at. My experience has been that in shuls that are "frummer" i.e. higher percentages of people who are serious about Torah and mitzvos, people take longer to daven, especially on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. Where I daven the silent prayer on Rosh Hashana can ...


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Praying does not require speed - it requires Kavana - focus, concentration and meaning. I'm not sure why you should feel embarrassed in any way. Contrarily, if the majority finishes a long time before you, it could mean that they were speeding and had no or minimal kavanah. Besides, on Yom Kippur, you have an entire day to be in shul. Where are you and ...


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Jewish sources suggesting that synagogues existed in pre-exilic times include: Targum Yonasan on Shemos 18:20 implies that synagogues already existed in the time of Moshe. ונתן: וְתַזְהַר יַתְהוֹן יַת קְיָימַיָא וְיַת אוֹרַיְיתָא וּתְהוֹדַע לְהוֹן יַת צְלוֹתָא דְיֵיצְלוּן בְּבֵית כְּנִשְׁתְּהוֹן וְיַת אוֹרְחָא דְּיַבְקְרוּן לְמָרִיעִין ...



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