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Parameters of לא תעשון כן לה' אלקיכם

There is a prohibition to destroy a synagogue based on the verse (Deut. 12:4) לא תעשון כן לה' אלקיכם, "you shall not do so unto the Lord your God." Rambam, in the minyan hamitzvot at the beginning of ...
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Davening in Open Orthodox Shul

Although there may be a wide range of Open Orthodox shuls, may one daven in an Open Orthodox shul if a woman leads as the chazan for shacharis or ba'al koreh? Would such an Open Orthodox shul have the ...
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Prayer in a chapel (bes midrash room) vs. in the main synagogue

Some synagogues have a room for prayers that's used on a regular basis: weekdays, Shabasos, holidays. If there are two simultaneous minyanim, then one will be elsewhere, of course, but otherwise the ...
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Selling a house after COVID

According to the mishna on 25b of Masechet Megilla, "בני העיר שמכרו רחובה של עיר לוקחין בדמיו בית הכנסת" (if the people of a city sell an open area, the money is used to buy a synagogue). ...
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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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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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Why do we say “Mah Tovu” in the morning only?

Many say the paragraph “Mah Tovu” when entering the synagogue in the morning. See, for example, here and here. מַה טּבוּ אהָלֶיךָ יַעֲקב מִשְׁכְּנתֶיךָ יִשְׂרָאֵל. וַאֲנִי בְּרב חַסְדְּךָ אָבא ...
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Repeated Hagbah by the same individual

From this question, it's clear that there is a halachic requirement to do a "good" hagbah. This one emphasizes that, by saying that a gabbai who knows the individual can't do a good job shouldn't ...
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Apartment buildings higher than the shul

Shabbat 11a states that a city in which houses (but not towers or castles/fortresses [unsure about the translation]) are built higher than the synagogue will eventually be destroyed. ואמר רבא בר ...
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Heter to decorate the shul in a humorous way in Adar?

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 ...
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Why does the depiction of the tablets not contain the full wording?

In every single synagogue I've been in which has a depiction of the ten commandments on tablets, not a single one of them had all the words of the commandments fully written out. Usually they have the ...
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MiSheBerach for someone who doesn't like his/her own name

Another question asked about a case in which someone does not want to use his/her mother's name in a MiSheBerach. What if someone dislikes his/her own given name and goes by a different name? What ...
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Can a synagogue appropriate the contents of charity boxes not removed before a specified time?

There are lots of charity boxes from different organisations put out on a table in the foyer of our synagogue on Purim. The wardens have attached a note that says that boxes not taken away by the end ...
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Can one declare an area to be “not a shul” if it is in the same room as a shul?

Recently, my congregation moved into a temporary space while a new building is under construction. This space is essentially a single large room into which all the various elements of the old building ...
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What appropriate amount of tzedakah for mi sheberech?

What is considered to be appropriate amount to give for mi shebereh asking for a blessing for an individual ill person?
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Can minhag hamakom allow you to make what is for you a bracha levatala

I have a question about a specific case but it relates to a broad subject so I'm making the question less narrow. Pesachim 101a presents a minhag they used to have to make Kiddush in synagogue. Even ...
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Can a Shul collect payment from one who does not follow specific rules?

In Sources to encourage returning s'farim to their places it has a picture of a sign saying that usage of seforim is on condition that one obligates himself to pay $18 to the synagogue fund if ...
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Should I go to synagogue when I can't focus?

If I am too ill/stressed to be able to concentrate on worshipping G-d, should I still go to synagogue? Is there an official ruling on this? I'm worried that I might be disrespecting G-d by going.
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Using someone's mother/father's disliked name for ritual purposes

Closely related to this question, what happens if someone's mother or father doesn't/didn't like her or his name, and the child now either needs a MiSheBerach or is called to the Torah? What name ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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Would it be forbidden to model a synagogue's design after the Beit Hamikdash?

The Beit Hamikdash has models. You can purchase them online if you so desire. That being said, those are purely models and are not used for anything beyond study/exhibition. My question is whether it ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Where does Maimonides write that Muslims may pray in a synagogue?

Regarding the Muslims who were praying in a Synagogue, I read that Rambam ruled that it was permissible for Muslims to pray in a Synagogue - I haven't been able to find a source for this, does someone ...
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Holding Sefer Torah during Hoshanos and Walking Around Bima with Lulav

This morning I saw the person holding the sefer Torah at the Bimah during Hoshanos pass the Torah to another person for a short time so he could walk around the Bimah with his lulav and Esrog. I ...
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What criteria are used to establish the shul's minhag re Hol Hamo'ed tefillin wearing?

Follow up to this answer. The Mishnah Berurah refers to the shul's minhag. While on vacation, I entered a shul carrying my tefillin bag. In the shul, I saw 6 people wearing tefillin, one of them was ...
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Breslov Lecha Dodi in Katamon, Jerusalem

I've been twice to the Breslov Minyan next to the hospital in Katamon for Kabbalat Shabbat. It's probably my favourite minyan in the world, and the most amazing part of the davening is the Lecha Dodi, ...
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Permissibility of Prayer in a Sabbatean Synagogue

Inspired by the Churva Synagogue of R. Yehuda HaChassid (18th cent.) who was likely a Sabbatean (not to be confused with the 12th century rabbi of the same name), and his congregation which almost ...
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Removing signs from a Shul bulletin board

In many areas Shuls have a bulletin board on which signs are hung. In some larger cities there are sign hanging companies that for a fee, go around and hang up posters for businesses on these bulletin ...
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Placement of the Hoshanot service

I’ve noticed that some congregations (generally nusach ashkenaz) recite Hoshanot after Musaf on Sukkot, whereas others (generally edot mizrach, nusach sefard, some Israeli nusach ashkenaz) recite them ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Lace head covers

Why do some women wear those lace coverings in shul? Is it so that they should not pray or recite berachot without their head covered or is it out of respect for shul? Also, when did this practice ...
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Is there a list of Orthodox shuls in Israel, U.S. and Canada that have choirs regularly?

I've been to 2 shuls that I know have choirs during services on Shabbat & Yom Tov: Spanish Portugese shul in New York City Sha'ar Hashamayim in Montreal Is there a list of shuls, or can someone ...
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If a Torah ark has “French” doors, which door should be opened first?

Extending this question: Some shuls, such as mine, have "French" doors on the Aron. These are two vertical doors that open "outwards" (i.e., towards you when facing the Aron. Well, if it opened ...
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Is a shul allowed to have stadium seating?

Years ago, I attended Lincoln Square Synagogue when Rabbi Riskin was Rav. It is the only shul that I know of that is built like a stadium, with the ark in the front of the shul (I.e. if one drew a ...