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Which officiants wear a kittel on Rosh HaShanah?

In many Ashkenazi congregations, most of the congregants do not wear a kittel on Rosh HaShanah; however, a number of the officiants do wear a kittel. It seems to me to be fairly common that at least ...
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Is it permitted to have zodiac symbols in a synagogue?

Many shuls in Eastern Europe have painted zodiac symbols (albeit in a rather symbolic manner) on the walls or ceiling. However, it is stated directly in the Mishneh Torah that one may not draw the ...
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How can I practice doing hagba?

Do to its weight, lifting a sefer torah can be challenging without proper technique. Practicing on an actual sefer torah isn't an option for most people due to lack of access. (Most synagogues would ...
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Looking for the origin of custom to decorate the Aron Hakodesh with 10 Commandments

Many synagogues have the custom to decorate the Peroches (curtain covering the Ark) with imagery of the 10 Commandments or Luchos in some form. When did this custom originate? Is there any source for ...
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How do we do Shabbat Hagadol Drasha at home

Because of the Corona virus synagogues are closed this week Tzav 5780 which is Shabbat Hagadol, we will not be able to fulfill the custom of a Shabbat Hagadol Drasha (sermon) according to the usual ...
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Catching up the missing weeks of Krias Hatorah

Due to the current health crisis, all shuls are closed. As a result, the weekly Torsh portion will not be read. After this is all over and synagogue services are resumed, will we: Continue where we ...
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Explanation of gemara Megilla 26b

The gemara Megilla 26b quotes Rava that when you sell a synagogue(even not in front of the 7 city trustees) the kedusha transfers onto the money and the buyer is free to use the former shul however he ...
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Shabbos Candles

What do the sources say about this situation: A male on his own wants to go to shul on Friday night. There are two parts to the question. 1) What is the earliest time at which he can light his ...
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Can we disinfect the shul and the ha aron kodesh ? How best?

In the wake of the Coronarovirus epidemics, can we carry out a professional disinfection of the shul's sanctuary and of the Aron Kodesh, specifically the 3 Sifrei ha Torah and their mantels ? How is ...
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Does anyone know of a place on the web I can find Kabbalat Shabbat sung from the people in a synagogue (preferably Ashkenazi)? [closed]

Here is a perfect example of authentic singing, this is what I'm looking for but for Kabbalat Shabbat. The problem for me is when people solo Tehillim they make their own version and that is not what ...
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Does "לֹ֥א תַחְמֹ֖ד You shall not covet” apply to representatives of an organisation?

A synagogue wanted to expand. The Wardens approached the neighbour who had land adjoining which would be suitable and asked if the synagogue could acquire the land. The neighbour refused. The ...
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Is prayer heard in all places of song?

Berachos 6a: תַּנְיָא, אַבָּא בִּנְיָמִין אוֹמֵר: אֵין תְּפִלָּה שֶׁל אָדָם נִשְׁמַעַת אֶלָּא בְּבֵית הַכְּנֶסֶת, שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר: ״לִשְׁמֹעַ אֶל הָרִנָּה וְאֶל הַתְּפִלָּה״. בִּמְקוֹם רִנָּה — שָׁם ...
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How long must people wait in shul for a minyan?

Shulchan Aruch emphasizes the importance of davening the Amidah with the rest of the tzibbur. If one is in shul and there are 8 or 9 people, should everyone wait before starting Amidah to see if ...
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Lighting after maariv in shul

At my shul, the first maariv minyan on Chanukah is after teitz hachocavim (5:15, in Eretz Yisroel). It takes a couple minutes until there are ten people, and when ten people arrived some members ...
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Source for the tradition of buying seats in synagogues

In many synagogues, it is common to buy a seat before the new year's day. The price for a seat often serves also as "membership fee" for membership in the synagogue community. When did this tradition ...
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When do we say the blessing for Hallel? [duplicate]

When we recite Hallel in the synagogue for Rosh Hodesh or the holidays, we say a blessing beforehand. We do not say a blessing before Hallel at the seder table on Pessah. Why not?
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Were Kohanim in the Temple obligated in Torah reading?

Following "synagogue-in-the-temple", In the times of the Second Temple, assuming that not all Kohanim were involved in Temple Service all the time: Were they obligated in Torah reading and was ...
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What is meant by “synagogue” in the Temple in Sota 7.8?

THe Mishna (Sotah 7.8) describes the order of transferring a Torah scroll to the King for reading on Hakhel: חַזַּן הַכְּנֶסֶת נוֹטֵל סֵפֶר תּוֹרָה וְנוֹתְנָהּ לְרֹאשׁ הַכְּנֶסֶת, וְרֹאשׁ הַכְּנֶסֶת ...
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Sources for when we change the Parochet to white

It is customary to change the Parochet, Torah covers, and some other items in the shul to white for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, and it is common practice to keep the white covers up until after ...
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Non Jews in Shul choirs?

What is the Halacha and the Minhag regarding Non-Jews in Shul choirs at religious services led by a Cantor?
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Was there a synagogue inside the Temple?

I vaguely remember seeing in Mishnayos (probably second half of Moed, maybe Taanis - potentially in connection to where the Maamados said their Tefillos - but can't find it now) that there was a Shul ...
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Prayer during non-Shabbat or morning minyan [duplicate]

This may be an odd question, but is it typically permitted or tolerated for a gentile to pray in a synagogue during "off" hours (I.e. not during Shabbat, morning minyan, or any yom tov)? Do any Jews ...
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Did synagogues exist between the 1st and 2nd temple period? [duplicate]

I'm unaware of the existence of any synagogues having existed between the 1st and 2nd Temple Period. It seems to have begun only after the 2nd Temple existed. Between the two Temples, from what I'm ...
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Are hefseks in between aliyot in krias hatorah made by the Rabbi issur?

In a lot of Chabad shuls I noticed the Rabbi usually gives a small drasha in between aliyot explaining what's coming up next or even have games for kids asking them for example to find how many alephs ...
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Can a Beit Midrash demand payment for carrying a smartphone?

I went to a certain Beis Midrash and saw a sign saying that anyone who enters with a smartphone has to donate money to the Beis Midrash as a penalty. Is someone entering with such a phone really ...
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Shuls that say Hungarian Selichos?

Are there any shuls (I'm preferably looking for shuls in Yerushalayim) that say the Hungarian(/Bohemian/Moravian/Silesian) selichos for the Yemei HaSelichos? (This is the selichos that is found in ...
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Must there be a break between mincha and Ma'ariv?

I've been to various minyanim in my neighborhood. I gather that a minyan is allowed to daven Ma'ariv once shki'ah has occurred. What I have seen is that both minyanim began Mincha before shki'ah and ...
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Can purchasing tickets for high holidays services count as maaser?

Many synagogues require purchasing tickets/seats to attend high holiday services. Can money paid for this purpose count as a donation to the synagogue from a ma'aser perspective (count as a valid use ...
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Shuls that say selichos for Kaf Sivan

Does anyone know of shuls that say selichos for Kaf Sivan (20th Sivan) (see here for more information)? Looking preferably for shuls in Yerushalayim.
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Does Kiddush in shul require a minyan?

While I understand that Kiddush in shul Leil Shabbat and Yom Tov does not require a minyan halachically, I'm curious if based on the minhag that started this, does it assume that the recitation was ...
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Can men daven at home to avoid the bad smell of people at shul? [closed]

Can men daven at home to avoid the bad smell of people at shul? It can be very irritating to someone. can somebody daven at home so that they can have proper kavannah during davening by avoiding those ...
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Transgress 5 mitzvos by not returning the siddur?

I was told that if one does not replace the sefer one is using in the Beis Hamedrash, one can transgress several (5?) mitzvos from the Torah. I can see that one would transgress “love your neighbour ...
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Kel Molei Rachamim on Yom Haatzmaut

I was informed today that one does not say the above today as hallel was said. Does it make a difference whether Hallel was said with a Bracha or not?
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“Daber Davar” and appeals / auctions [duplicate]

As I understand, the verse in Yeshayahu (58:13) states that one must refrain from Daber Davr on Shabbat, from which we learn the halacha that one should not discuss monetary matters on Shabbat (...
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How to check if a Ketubah is genuine

Recently I was discussing with a friend the uses of one's parents' ketubah in everyday life. Obviously one of the main uses of a ketubah is proving one's Jewish status in order to join a Jewish ...
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Spiritual Boredom

Because of all the routines, standard prayers, repeating cycles etc, someone told me that going to the synagogue became quite boring for him. He still saw the value of those things, but he didn’t ...
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Rashbi and Talking in Shul

In this video, Rav Gamliel Rabinovitch shlita says that Rasbhi writes that one who speaks during davening is a kofer b'elokei yisrael. On this, I have two questions. 1) Where is this source from ...
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Can a donation request be added to a death notice?

When a member or loved one dies, a congregation sends its members a death notice. Without asking the survivors, they add at the end: "Click here to make a donation to the congregation in memory of the ...
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Yahrzeit plaque in shul for cremated relatives

Shulchan Aruch (Yoreh Deah) 345:5 states: Those who deviate from the ways of the community, i.e. people who have thrown off the responsibility of mitzvoth from their shoulders, and are not included in ...
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Source for prohibition of standing outside the shul during amida

I've heard Rabbi Shay Tahan saying that a person doing amida outside the shul, the rabbis say that he like worshipping another god. What's the source for this?
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Should tachanun be said in a mourner's shtiebl?

Many shtiebls are set up as shuls that are part of someone's home. This raises the question as to what is considered a "mourner's home" with regard to saying tachanun. Background: Tachanun is not ...
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how to get the Youth to come to shul

I had a long conversation someone in their early teens and we were discussing as to why children don’t want to come to Shul although there are youth services etc and we narrowed it down to one ...
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Can One Give Away an Aliya?

If one is offered an Aliya, can he give the honor to someone else? By “offered” I mean the Gabbai issues the Aliyas prior to the Torah service in the form of, say, a card with number of the Aliya ...
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Is there a requirement for a someone to say the Amidah together with the congregation in a shul when there is no minyan?

I recall reading in O.C. that there is a requirement (or is it a "preference"?) for an individual to pray the silent Amidah together with the congregation in a synagogue. Is this requirement ...
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Where to convert? Please help [closed]

My name is Caleb and I am a former Celtic Pagan who wishes to convert to Orthodox Judaism. I want to convert more than anything. My soul yearns for it. I'm not content being a Noahide, and even though ...
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Is there a cell-service “blocker” for shuls?

I've read that many shuls have "cell phone lockers" to encourage people who come for praying to store their phones prior to entering the shul. It's a great idea, but, many shuls don't have this, or ...
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Can we go back to using musical instruments in synagogues when the Temple is rebuilt?

We stopped using musical instruments in the synagogue after the Temple was destroyed, as a sign of mourning. We used them before that time (see Psalm 150). When the Temple is rebuilt, does halacha ...
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How can I eliminate or reduce the musty “sheepy” Torah odor?

I was inspired to follow up on this question that asks about cleaning Torah scrolls. My shul building is about 90 years old. The Aron has 10 Torah scrolls - only 4 of them usable. This ark is opened ...
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Why do some shuls have the Rabbi facing forward?

When I lived in South Africa, every shul I ever went to had the Rabbi's seat facing the congregation. From what I've seen in other shuls in the USA, UK and Australia, the practice seems universal; the ...
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What are the Sephardic responses during weekday shacharit?

During the repetition of the Amidah, during Ata Kodesh, Sephardim say "emet". And during Yivarecha, they say "Yehi Ratzon". However, these may be shared by nusach Ashkenaz, so is there is a list of ...

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