Home Subscribe Services Support Us
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Mitzvos of Learning and Teaching

21: Respecting Holy Places

"You shall fear My sanctuary." (Vayikra 19:30)

One must respect the holiness of shuls and yeshivos, for they are considered miniature forms of the Beis Hamikdash. This means that one should avoid joking and speaking idly in them.

The object of our fear and respect is not the holy place itself but rather Hashem, who instructed us to fear it (Rambam, Hilchos Beis HaBechira 7:1). One should walk into a holy place with the awareness that Hashem's presence is there (ibid., 5).

The Tosafos Yom Tov writes that in his days there were terrible massacres in which thousands of Jews were killed. The sages of the time inquired from Heaven to find out what caused these massacres, and they were informed that it was due to inappropriate talking in shuls and yeshivos. Because people are created in God's image, their words can have a great impact on the world. If we misuse our gift of speech, our words can cause great harm. May Hashem spare us and help us to improve our ways.

Text Copyright 2007 by Rabbi Moshe Goldberger and



View Complete List

Make your teachers proud!
Shlomo Katz - 5771

Intent and Purpose
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5760

Count Up
Rabbi Raymond Beyda - 5766

Looking for a Chavrusah?

A Talmid Chacham of Chilul Hashem
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5761

Forced to Be Holy
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5762

Teaching By Example
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5771


Just Follow the Leader
Rabbi Label Lam - 5771

Over the Top
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5770

A Privilege, Not a Burden
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5757

> High Potential vs. High Risk
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5762

Give Me Liberty
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5767

Symbolic Perfection
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5759

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

One Who Curses The Name of G-d is Not An Atheist
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5773

Lesson of the Bread
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5760

Understanding Relationships With G-d
Rabbi Yosef Kalatsky - 5763

Consider the Consequences
Shlomo Katz - 5764

Project Genesis Home

Torah Portion

Jewish Law



Learn the Basics




Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base


About Us

Contact Us

Free Book on Geulah! Home Copyright Information