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The source you are looking for is in the Zohar, parashat Teruma, 131b, traditionally attributed to Rashbi: ומאן דמשתעי בבי כנישתא במילין דחול, ווי ליה דאחזי פרודא, ווי ליה דגרע מהימנותא, ווי ליה דלית ליה חולקא באלהא דישראל, דאחזי דהא לית אלהא ולא אשתכח תמן ולא דחיל מניה ואנהיג קלנא בתיקונא עלאה דלעילא And one who speaks about mundane matters in the ...


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People in general come for a consistent experience that they value. Kids come either because they're forced or because it's something the family values. So unless you have a super-strong youth program that is itself a community within your community, you need to engage the families, not just the kids. I see this problem in liberal congregations, which are ...


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TL;DR maybe yes... but it depends, should CYLOR just to be safe Rav Yosef Yeshaya Braun in a chabadinfo.com article titled "Can I Buy my Seat With Maaser Money?" says it depends: There is a discussion among contemporary poskim whether maaser (one tenth of one’s earnings that is earmarked for tzedakah) may be used to purchase a seat [for the High Holy ...


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Why do teenagers do anything? A few basic reasons: Their parents make them. Bribery. They get to see their friends. They get something out of the experience. You're heading straight for #4 and asking, how can we make the experience more meaningful to youth so they'll want to come? While it's an excellent question, I think it's the wrong one. If you get ...


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Most halakhic discussions on the topic start with the Rambam in MT Melachim 1:5 (quoted above in comments) We may not appoint a woman as king. When describing the monarchy, the Torah employs the male form of the word king and not the female. This principle also applies to all other positions of authority within Israel. Only men should be ...


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The gemara in brachos 6 already mentions the importance of having a specific shul to daven in (some meforshim),and to have a specific seat(other meforshim). The earliest I know of is in teshuvos HaRosh[mid 13th century] in Klal 5 where he discusses Bais Kenesses issues. He has a few simanim where seats are discussed and he mentions the idea of selling ...


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There are many synagogues known to have existed in the Second Temple period both from literature and archaeology (see lists on Hebrew and English Wikipedia). So the question isn't whether they existed, but more what purpose they served. This subject is addressed in Ezra Fleischer's article "On the Beginnings of Obligatory Jewish Prayer" (in Hebrew), ...


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The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch (12:9) brings that "It is a great mitzvah to pray in a synagogue or in a Beis Midrash because these are sacred places. Even if it happens that there is no minyan, it is nevertheless a mitzvah to pray there even when praying alone, because these are holy places". It is certainly debatable whether "lehitpalel" ("pray") in this case ...


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A 2011 post (Hebrew) on bhol.co.il titled: "For the first time in Belz: Selichot in the middle of Sivan" says: As it is known, many different communities say selichos on 20 Sivan in memory of events that occurred to many Jews (בגזרות תתקל"א, ובשנות ת"ח ות"ט). The Admor of Belz said recently that prayer must be connected to Kel Maleh Rachamim in ...


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Kehillat Shaarei Yonah Menachem, an Ashkenazic synagogue in Modiin, Israel, said הלל with a ברכה before and after, and also קל מלא, but skipped תחנון, on יום העצמאות‎ 5779/2019. I know because I was present at the time.


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Choirs are rarely found in Orthodox synagogues nowadays (for reasons beyond the scope of your question), as such there is little literature addressing the topic from an Orthodox perspective. However, choirs seem more common in Reform and Conservative congregations and their rabbinical bodies have documented their views on your question. Here are some ...


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There is nothing prohibited from either Jews or Gentiles praying in a synagogue at any time of the day. Some synagogues are open all day if they have administrative offices or if they have Hebrew school / yeshiva or some other communal activities during the day. I should clarify the distinction between the synagogue as the whole building vs. the synagogue, ...


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My teacher said it is imperative to periodically learn a new commentary on the Siddur in order to find new meaning in the old words. May I recommend this? It helped me personally. And there are dozens of more options.


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R. Ovadiah Yosef (Chazon Ovadiah, Aveilut vol. 1 pg. 539) quotes a plethora of sources, which indicates the consensus of the rabbinic orthodoxy’s position, ruling that it is absolutely forbidden to cremate a body. Earlier (p. 399), he quotes a number of authorities who go further and bar the burial of a cremated person’s ashes in a Jewish cemetery in order ...


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See Shulchan Aruch OC 90:7. The issue is to avoid giving the impression one prays with his back to the synagogue and treats it and the congregation with contempt but see the details below Neither should one pray behind a synagogue, if one does not face the synagogue. Behind a synagogue means the side of the opening, which is opposite the side that the ...


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I think the problem is that we spend so much time focusing on learning. We overly focus on intellectual stimulation. Even LN6595's teacher's advice will only help for a short while, until you find the next seifer... And what do you do when you're between siddurim and a new one didn't come out yet? See my answer to Experience-based advice for focusing and ...


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This gives a good answer. Since Scripture uses the term “this book of Torah,” the Midrash understands that Joshua was actually holding the Torah scroll, and when he completed it, G‑d told him “Chazak.”3 This is why the custom developed to say “Chazak” to one who finishes reading the Torah. (Beit Yosef, Orach Chaim 139; Rema, Orach Chaim 139:11.) ...


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