Shulhas always been a battleground of contradictions, a place we visit daily, yet we know little about. A lightning rod of great spiritual power, yet a hot spot for small talk. A site foremost in so many minds nowadays, yet closed to so many people.
Now more than ever, the synagogue is a quintessential Jewish enigma — caught in the struggle between what it is and what it could be. But with our unprecedented exile fromshulsas a result of thecoronavirus pandemic,we have reached what could be a turning point in this conflict; a hiatus offering us the chance to engage in the soul-searching that will help us redefine ourselves and our relationship toshul.
With Hashem’s help, we will all return to shul, but to whichshuls? Ourshulsas we knew them, or ourshulsas they could be — places that ennoble, inspire and uplift us?
During this unique opportunity to transform ourselves and our shuls, one of the most powerful tools at our disposal is studying thehalachosrelating toshuls; these are replete with the deep insight ofChazalinto whatshulsreally are, and the holiness and spiritual power we can experience in them.
Join Chaim, Bernie, and the rest of the eclectic cast ofdavenersat Congregation Shomrei Shabbos as they embark on a thought provoking, sometimes amusing and always informative, journey of discovery aboutshul,tefillah, and themselves — and about the manyhalachicissues that come into play when we step intoshul.
Arranged in 110 daily lessons covering a broad array of the halachos most relevant to the shul experience,Revere My Sanctuary: A Guide to Honoring the Shulwill help prepare you to do just that.
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