Torah.org 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 Torah.org.


 






ARTICLES ON HAAZINU AND ELUL / ROSH HASHANAH:

View Complete List

A Welcome Houseguest
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5759

Tapping Into Our Meritorious Pedigree
Rabbi Naphtali Hoff - 5768

Wordless Prayers
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5771

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Volume 25, No. 52
Shlomo Katz - 5771

A Piece of the Puzzle
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5755

Moshe's Final Song
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5770

ArtScroll

A Song and Its Allusions
Shlomo Katz - 5769

Materialism
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5770

The Gift of Time
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5773

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Rosh Hashanah
-

A Matter of Perspective
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5756

Encouraging News Before Rosh Hashana
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5757

> Are we a Role Model to the Nations?
Rabbi Yosef Kalatsky - 5763

A Slice of Time with Honey on the Side
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5757

The Ultimate Contact
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5770

When The Maps of Countries Are Being Redrawn -- Hold Your Breath!
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5764



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information