December 13, 2004

Sanctity of the Synagogue

The shul or beit knesset has become the spiritual homes of the Jewish people since the destruction of the Temple. We can longer ascend to bring our sacrifices. Prayer has replaced our offerings for the time being.

That being said, it is shameful that the reverence of the Temple has not carried over to the shul.

Talking. Joking. Improper dealings. Would you act this way if you were standing in font of the Holy of Holies?

Well, you are.

G-d didn’t go away when the Temple fell.

Know before Whom you stand and act accordingly.

"If a person cannot control his talking in shul, it is preferable that he pray at home and not attend shul at all. (Kaf Hachaim, Orach Chaim 151)"

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