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If a person is in the middle of Elokaiy , netzor…,and he is called up to the Torah , he should say yiheyu l’ratzon (he is now effectively finished his Tefillah) , and can go take the aliyah , read along with the ba’al koreh , return to his place, and then take the three steps back .If there is time , he should take the steps back before going up.
A Shul may be used for tzorchei rabim if there is no other place. There is a principle (which has many applications ) , which states that tzorchei rabim acquires a legal status of a devar mitzvah . Think about that , especially as you read certain signs presently on the Shul bulletin board .
BTYA Bulletin – Parshas Shofetim
According to the MB (122:5,6), it is better to cut short “elokaiy, netzor leshoni…” or even skip it, and then answer kedusha or kaddish or barchu, rather than to answer in the middle of “elokaiy, netzor,” even though we learned that that is permissible.
If one already said “yiheyu l’ratzon,” one should take 3 steps back and even try to say “oseh shalom…”
If one did not say “yiheyu l’ratzon” yet, it is better to say it now, and take 3 steps back (and try to say “oseh shalom”)
It is permissible to “use” a Shul for a mitzvah purpose–for example, it would be permissible to have R’ Yechiel Spira’s return kashrus lecture [using local food establishments as examples, taking place September 1 at 8:30 PM] in our Shul (as it is, though, it will iyh be downstairs–since even so, if possible, it should be avoided).
Financial calculations of a mitzvah (kuppah shel tzadaka) are also permissible, if necessary to do there. Poskim say that if those calculations are for the Shul itself (sweepstakes cheshbonos), it is lechatchilah permissible.
Reiey final (PDF Format)
During “Elokai,netzor….”, one may answer as if in the middle of shema or its berachos–answering barchu; kadosh..and baruch (of kedusha ); amein of hokail hakodosh and of shome’a tefilah; amein, “yehei shemei” and da’amiran b’alma..(in kaddish); the first three words of modim derabbanan; and the three ameins of birkas kohanim.
If possible, yiheyu leratzon…should first be said.
One may not do any work or activity of a secular nature in a Shul or a Beis Medrash. For the purpose of fixing or repairing something of the Shul, it is muttar, though even then it is better, if possible, to do the work outside the Shul.
One should NOT stop in the middle of shemoneh esrei to listen to an ongoing keri’as haTorah. And of course if one was accidentally called for an aliyah, one should not go. If one accidentally responds to kedusha, kaddish, etc , in the middle of shemoneh esrei, he should stop immediately, even in the middle of a possuk; he must go back to the beginning of the berachah he is in the middle of.
It is muttar to sleep in a Shul for any mitzvah purpose (not only for the sake of the Shul or for davening). This includes someone traveling to perform a mitzvah,who needs to sleep to gather strength for what he is doing.
If someone is in the middle of shemoneh esrei and hears the chazzan saying “modim….” he should bow down [as per the rules previously learned] , but of course not respond in any way.
If the Kohanim start bentching birkas kohanim, he should stop and just listen.
Someone learning in a Bais Medrash may put his head down and nap , if that becomes necessary as an aid to his learning.It is preferable to distance oneself from the Aron HaKodesh