Berachos 6a:

תַּנְיָא, אַבָּא בִּנְיָמִין אוֹמֵר: אֵין תְּפִלָּה שֶׁל אָדָם נִשְׁמַעַת אֶלָּא בְּבֵית הַכְּנֶסֶת, שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר: ״לִשְׁמֹעַ אֶל הָרִנָּה וְאֶל הַתְּפִלָּה״. בִּמְקוֹם רִנָּה — שָׁם תְּהֵא תְּפִלָּה.

It was taught in a Braisa: Abba Binyamin said, "A person's prayer is only heard in a shul, as it says, 'To hear the song and the prayer' – in the place of song, there should prayer be.

As Rashi explains,

במקום רנה – בבהכ"נ ששם אומרים הצבור שירות ותשבחות בנעימת קול ערב:

"In the place of song" – in a shul, where the congregation says there songs and praises in a sweet voice.

There are other such places where we, as a community, gather to sing Hashem's praises, such as a wedding hall. Is prayer heard in these places as well? If not, why is a shul special in this regard?


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