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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)?

  • If it raises the spirits of the congregants and helps their kavana then no. – David Feigen Mar 3 '14 at 1:19
  • @DavidFeigen is this a typo or sarcasm? I guess I am a little dense right now. – Mike Mar 3 '14 at 3:09
  • I would suggest you ask the Rabbi in a respectful way as to why it is done. – C. Ben Yosef Mar 3 '14 at 21:34

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