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.


 
Sell Chometz Online


ARTICLES ON PESACH:

View Complete List

The Exit Strategy
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5767

In Lamb
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5772

The Eternal Impact of the Exodus
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5763

ArtScroll

Thanks for Everything
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5766

Chased by the Taste
Rabbi Label Lam - 5766

Tarnished Treasures of Pesach
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5759

Looking for a Chavrusah?

The Evil Son
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5756

Good ‘Till the Last Drop
Rabbi Label Lam - 5769

Love of Money, or Money of Love?
Rabbi Gavriel Prero - 5761

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Actions Speak Louder Than Words
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5756

Early Emancipation and Sour Grapes
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5764

Exodus - What Does it Mean to Be Free?
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5765

> Yosef’s Bones And Splitting Of The Sea: A Lesson In Unity
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5767

To Be Chosen Again
Rabbi Label Lam - 5768

Relating the Chain of Events: Part 1
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755

The Real Us!
Rabbi Label Lam - 5772



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