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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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Do any parts of a shul's structure or “decorative items” maintain any kedusha?

I understand that most ritual items have a status of kedusha such as Torah scrolls, tefillin, etc. I'm curious if there is a status of kedusha attached to any parts of the shul's "affixed structure". ...
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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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Good dimensions for a Shulchan (Reading Table)

I would like to build a Shulchan (Reading Table) for my local Chabad House. I'm wondering how tall it should be at the end where one stands, and at what angle the top should be? Suggestions ...
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When can I attend service (Shabbat) after seminal emission? [closed]

Unmarried, 22 year old Jewish man here. I've been consciously trying to get myself rid of masturbation for a year now. I started to take precautions and I take this fight very seriously now. I put a ...
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When is a mechitza required for separation between men and women for prayers?

When is a mechitza (partition) required for separation between men and women for davening (prayers)? Is this only in a shul (synagogue) or anywhere men are praying? Is there a minimum amount of women ...
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What establishes “kevi'ut” in terms of “makom kavu'ah” (established seat in shul)?

The Tur in Orach Chayim 90, quoting an Amora in B'rachos, says that one should have a fixed location that he always davens, including within a shul. It is often called makom kavu'ah. (I'll abbreviate ...
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Switching back to a seat in Aveilut

There is a practice for a mourner to change his seat in Shul -- there are many different opinions about when and how. If, during the period of mourning, the mourner suffers another loss, so he ...
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According to R' Moshe regarding the location of the Bimah in a shul, what is defined as the “center” of the congregation?

This is based off of my lengthy answer here regarding the location of the Bimah in a shul. As a result of that research, I was left with one question. In that answer, I quote R' Moshe Feinstein in ...
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Can a Bimah be placed on the sides, front, or back of a shul?

In my Yeshiva, the Bimah is somewhat central to the Beis Midrash: several rows of seating in front, then several more rows behind it, the entire column being directly behind the Aron. However, in my ...
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Is a shaliach tzibbur allowed to daven from the bimah instead of the amud?

Terminology: The amud is a lectern located at the front of the shul. The bimah is a raised "platform" from where the Torah is read. It is usually located in the center of the shul. Some Sefardim and ...
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Can one establish a minyan in a nursing home?

SA O.C. 90:26 mentions that one cannot say amidah in an area where there is a bad odor such as from feces. There is a nursing home near my home that has a minyan. Occasionally, the hallway gets a bad ...
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Is there any reason why Yizkor, in particular, should be said in shul/with minyan rather than alone?

Is there any reason why YIZKOR in particular, should be said in shul (the synagogue) rather than at home? Why is it common (orthodox) practice that women who almost never attend Shul make an extreme ...
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No kissing one's young children. What about kissing others?

The Rama (Mapa to Orach Chayim 98:1): ואסור לאדם לנשק בניו הקטנים בב״ה כדי לקבוע בלבו שאין אהבה כאהבת המקום ברוך הוא and one is prohibited from kissing his young children in a synagogue, in ...
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When and why was the ark placed at the front of the shul?

Wikipedia states that: In some ancient synagogues, such as the fifth-century synagogue in Susia, the Torah scroll was not placed inside the synagogue at all, but in a room adjacent to it, ...
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Shul closed for a Shabbos. Do they have to repeat the missed sedrah when they get back?

The Rema paskens in O Ch 135 (2)   If they neglected [to be able to hold] the public reading of the parashah, then for the following Shabbat they read that parashah (i.e. the missed one) along ...
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Was there some form of Tefilas Tal before Rabbi Eleazar Ha-Kallir?

Tefilas Tal (and Geshem) were composed by Rabbi Eleazar Ha-Kallir who lived around 570 – 640 CE. How did the synagogue service mark the change from winter to summer and vice versa before he composed ...
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May a shul change its nusach?

I think I had heard or read somewhere in O.C. that a shul must keep its nuscha'ot and minhagim indefinitely. I have, OTOH, seen shul buildings change demographics and sometimes, owners. A shul that I ...
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Changeable page number sign for shul

In the shul (synagogue) I went to growing up, and in other shuls I've been to, they had a device for displaying the current page number. It was a wall-mounted box with three windows, behind each of ...
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Why does one need to give the kiddush wine to a minor when saying Kiddush in shul?

O.C. 269:1 (Sefaria translation in English): It is the custom to recite Kiddush in the synagogue, however, the one who recites does not taste the wine of Kiddush but gives it to a minor to ...
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Why may berachos be recited at a bris while the baby's erva is uncovered?

We know that one is not permitted to make a bracha or say devarim shebikedusha in front of nakedness. Why then is it permitted for the mohel and father at a bris to make their berachos when the baby's ...
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What happened to the synagogue in Urmia (Daneshgah-e-Kalimi)? [closed]

My family is from Urmia, Iran. They said there was a very old synagogue there, and they have no idea what happened to it, as they left during the revolution. I was wondering if anyone knows anything, ...
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Davening in boots

Is it Halachically appropriate to Daven in boots when in a Beis Kenesses? A great answer should (in addition to being well-sourced) discuss details such as: Is there a problem in terms of clothing ...
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Where did the idea of a shul kiddush come from

In many communities I have been in around the world after mussaf on shabbat there is often a 'kiddush'. This consists of the Rav of the shul (or some other designee) who makes kiddush and food is ...
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Which minyanim light Chanuka candles?

In addition to the lighting at home, Chanuka candles are lit in shul to publicize the miracle, with the brachot (O"C 671:7). Which minyanim do this? All maariv minyanim in the shul(*)? Just a ...
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How many rabbis does a synagogue have and what is their role?

I am a someone who is interested in Judaism. A question I have is that are there many rabbis which work in a synagogue and if so, what job do they all perform? I know that a rabbi teaches and makes ...
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What do I do if I do not have nice clothes to wear when visiting an Orthodox synagogue?

I would like to visit an Orthodox synagogue in my neighborhood. Unfortunately, I do not really have any "nice" clothes to wear or even a kippah, nor do I really have the money to purchase such ...
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How to walk out of a place that has an ark?

See my answer to this M.Y. question. My follow up question - Are the rules applicable to only a "formal" bet Knesset, i.e. a building established as such? Or is it dependent on the presence of an ark?...
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How to walk out of the synagogue? [duplicate]

I observe that some people leave the synagogue with their face toward the Ark (and not with their back to the Ark) and therefore go out backwards. Where is the source for this and does it depend on ...
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Why do many shuls have both a shulchan and an amud?

Follow up to my question about shul orientation. Why do many Ashkenazi shuls have both a shulchan (this is usually the larger Torah reader's table) as well as an amud (the smaller table used by the ...
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Origin of saying Adon Olam or Yigdal at end of prayers

In many Nusach Ashkenaz shuls, there is a minhag to say either Adon Olam or Yigdal at the end of Shabbat / Yom Tov Ma'ariv and many say Adon Olam at the end of Musaph. What's the reason / origin of ...
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Why are the weekday Shacharit chazzan switching locations the way they are? [duplicate]

I'm using Nusach Ahskenaz weekday prayers in this discussion. Based on what I have seen in most shuls, I have seen a shaliach tzibbur switch at these locations: Before Yishtabach - I would think ...
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Davening in shul vs. davening in an avel's home

Two scenarios: 1 - A person has a choice of either being the 10th person for a minyan at either a shul or a mourner's home. Where should he go? Assume that one of these 2 places count on him to form ...