Shabbos Bulletin Parshas Chukas in PDF format
You may call up someone who is going on a trip to say goodbye before Shacharis. If the greeting shalom will be used, it is better to say birchos hashachar first.
In Shaylos UTeshuvos Riva, in a discussion of a Sefer Torah which fell, the Riva writes that it is clear to him that the Sefer fell as a result of people who talked during kri’as haTorah.
Think about that when you feel like talking ‘dibburim assurim’ in Shul.
Parshas Korach Bulletin in PDF format
From dawn, it is ossur to go and greet someone with a “shalom” or a “good morning” before davening Shacharis. This can be more relevant than you think (for example, in Shul, if you want to go to greet someone some distance away–[even assuming that we are talking when it is muttar to greet a person in Shul] ).
If you meet up with someone, you can say good morning; the minhag is to not say the word “shalom” in such a case. The word “shalom” has special meaning, as it is (at times) one of the Names of HaShem.
If you’ve said berachos, you can go and greet the friend with “good morning”; if you meet someone after you’ve said berachos, you can even say “shalom.”
In all cases, one can reply even with the word “shalom” to a greeting from another.
It is permitted to eat and drink in a Shul if it is for a Shul need—-e.g., a worker fixing something or a “shomer” can eat in the shul. This has come to be extended to include kiddushim and even meals in a Shul if it is perceived as a Shul need.
Shelach Bulletin in PDF format
If you are learning in Shul, and the tzibur starts saying aleinu, you stop and say it together with them. Aleinu should be said with awe, concentration, and proper kovod.
There are still people who see fit to joke around precisely when the sefer Torah is being brought out to the bimah to layn in. Besides the issur of קלות ראש in a Shul, it is also decidely a total lack of kovod for the sefer Torah! Maybe this is their first opportunity to be permitted technically to talk since the davening started—nevertheless, it remains ossur בהחלט!
Behaaloscha Bulletin in PDF Format
If you followed the priority order in pesukei d’zimrah in order to daven shemonah esrei with the minyan, and it is now before you’ve said yishtabach, and you now see you have more time, you may go back and say additional sections, even though they are now being said out of order.
If you go into a Shul to speak to someone (something muttar to speak in a shul, obviously), or to call someone out , or to meet someone, you must learn something first in the Shul, or say at least a possuk, or a Halachah, or a Mishnah, and then do so; just sitting down for a few seconds is only an option if you are unable to do any of the above.
Shavuos 5771 bulletin in PDF format
Virtually all Poskim agree that after learning all night, one can continue learning after alos hashachar, even though one has not yet heard birchos haTorah that (new) day.
So if you are not going to sleep at alos (and waking up for the 8:20 AM davening), get back to your learning—you still have about an hour to go!!
During the time period that Har Sinai was sanctified with the Shechinah, it was not to be treated as a “regular” Mountain–see the relevant pesukim surrounding Matan Torah.
Nu , what does that teach us about the fixed kedushah residing in a Beis Kenesses/Medrash ?