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It  is bettter to daven with a minyan even if one’s clothing are not dignified (obvious work clothing, for example) than to daven alone with properly dignified clothing. (This is a statement about the importance of davening with a minyan.) The same holds true regarding davening within the zeman Tefillah (even for shacharis, before zeman Tefilah, and not rely on davening before chatzos.) THIS HOLDS TRUE EVEN FOR WOMEN–so better in a robe, making zeman Tefillah, than to get dressed and miss it.
 
Talking during davening, besides everything else, causes a chillul HaShem, since it indicates a lack of respect and/or fear of HaShem.
There is no specific mitzvah to light Chanukah lights anywhere but one’s home, no matter how public and how much pirsumei nissa would result.
The only exception is lighting neiros Chanukah in Shul. Lighting in Shul reminds us of the lighting of the Menorah in the Beis HaMikdash, as the Shul is our Mikdash me’at, a miniature Beis HaMikdash (this is one of several reasons given for the Shul lighting).

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Forgot V’sayn tal u’mottohr? (continued)

If you forgot v’sayn tal and have just concluded the shomei’a tefillah berachah, you can say the phrase there, before starting retzei. Once you have started retzei, you must return to the berachah bareich aleinu, and repeat everything from there, in order. Once you have said concluded shemoneh esraiy, and you have not said v’sayn tal, you must repeat the entire Tefillah.

What is called “concluded?

Next week, iyh

One must be as careful about the cleanliness of a Beis Kenesses or Beis Medrash as he/she is in one’s own house. This is in Shulchan Aruch O.C,151:9.

We would like volunteers to operate on a rotation system to help with the above halachah in the entire Shul building. A small bit of help (5 minutes) goes a long way in the whole tzurah (appearance ) of the Shul building.

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Shabbos Parsha Vayeira Bulletin, Tefilla Halacha, and a Poll Question

Shabbos Bulletin Parshas Vayeira

If one forgets to say ‘v’sein tal u’matar —

  • If he remembered before saying the shem HaShem of the conclusion of the berachah, he goes back to vesein tal….and says from there.
  • If he said the shem HaShem of the conclusion of the berachah, even if he just said Baruch Atta HaShem (and nothing else yet), he continues, and says vesein tal.. in shema koleinu.
  • If he did not insert it in shema koleinu, but remembered that he forgot after saying shem HaShem of the conclusion of the shema koleinu berachah, but nothing else (i.e, he said Baruch Atta HaShem), he should conclude lamdeinee chukechoh, say vesein tal u’matar livrachah, and continue ki atta shome’a…(continued iyh next week)

The Kaf HaChaim (siman 151:8) describes the severity of the aveirah of talking in Shul , and says that one who talks in Shul inappropriately would be better off not coming to shul at all.

Poll question:Do you think the Kaf HaChaim’s statement should be our Shul policy?

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An Eretz Yisrael fellow in Chu”l–If you go after today, continue saying v’sen tal u’mottohr in the birkas hashanim..try to avoid being the shali’ach tzibbur; if you end up being the shali’ach tzibbur, you should daven the way the tzibbur is saying.

If you have been there from before today, say it while there in shema koleinu, till you get back here. After that, say it in the regular place. 

Chu”l person here–If he is here already now, or will be coming, and he is staying till Dec 4, he should say it like we do here.

If he is leaving before Dec 4, he says it in shema koleinu. 

After an edifying session at the Oneg last leil Shabbos, where the subject of talking in Shul was fleshed out over delicious cholent, Rav Malinowitz feels a certain consensus was reached, and there is no need to address the matter publicly–at this point. There will be steps taken in the coming days iyh to make the davening atmosphere in the Shul even better than it is.

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It is forbidden to “shmooze” stam idle talk (to have a friendly conversation) in a Shul or Beis Medrash, even to catch up on news. Even if it is purposeful (but not necessarily a mitzvah).

See OC 151:1 with MB (especially s.k. # 2)

See also Be’er haGolah YD # 334, at the very end…(we don’t want to scare you, but that’s Hilchos Niduiy V’Cherem…)

This issur is even when it is NOT davening time-this is purely due to the kedushas mokom.

There is another issur to talk during davening .Sometimes it is objectively ossur to be mafsik (to interrupt) the davening (e.g, you are in the middle of pesukei d’zimrah)…This includes during chazzaras haShatz.

And sometimes it is because it is seen as a bizayon davening, and shows that your attitude to davening to HaShem is severely lacking. And this would hold true, even when davening at home, privately.

Many times people wonder why their Tefillos are seemingly not answered…h’mmmmmm…

See Taz 55:4, who uses very sharp words . If he’d be a Rav of a Kehillah, no question he’d be fired, forthwith.

If one is disturbing others —See RamBam Hilchos Teshuvah 4:1 (see number one there) .

One may greet another person, ask how he is, but then the “conversation” must cease. (This is true when dealing with the issur of the kedushas mokom. When the other issurim are involved, a shayloh must be asked.)

If a mitzvah is being discussed, generally it is muttar- again, ONLY when the issur is the kedushas mokom or the attitudinal one.

If the conversation (beyond the bare-bones greeting described above ) IS the mitzvah (cheering someone up ), as sometimes is the case, a shayloh must be asked. And again, this is ONLY when confronted with the issur of kedushas mokom, and the attitudinal one.

Rabbosaiy: Read this well, study some sources, so that you will know what is being dealt with.