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.
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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
The following was culled from the Rav’s 60-second D’var Halacha after Ma’ariv:
The idea behind Eiruv Tavshilin is to begin, already on Erev Yom Tov, the preparations for Shabbos.
Generally, people use an egg (a cooked food) and a matzah (a baked food) as this would allow one to both cook and bake.
The way to do the Eiruv is to take the cooked and baked food, and to make the Brocha and to say the formula, found in the Siddur.
Lechatchila, the food you are preparing for Shabbos should be edible before Shabbos comes in, but B’dieved it does not need to be.
If you have guests who are BOTH staying and eating by you, they are automatically included in your Eiruv.
If you have guests who are ONLY eating by you, but are staying elsewhere, and they will be involved in food preparation, then the best thing to do (although b’di’eved it’s ok without this) is to be makneh part of the eiruv to them (having someone else–NOT a member of your family— “acquire (part of it) it for them,” not necessarily in their presence), and then to have them in mind with the Eiruv you are making.