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13 Elul 5759 - August 25, 1999 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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"Kedushas Beis Haknesses" to be Topic of the 10th Yom Iyun

by A. Sapir

As Elul ebbs, Jews the world over are readying themselves to face the Y'mei Hadin of 5760, and, as each year, among their preparations will be the recitation of Selichos, beginning next Motzo'ei Shabbos.

Though the shul is where those special tefillos are chanted each year, the days of Selichos at the advent of 5760 will be a time for an unusually specific focus on the mikdosh me'at that lies at the center of Jewish communal life.

"Kedushas Beis Haknesses" will be the theme of this year's Nationwide Yom Iyun. "Thousands of Jews across North America, will gather in their communities over the y'mei Selichos to gain a new appreciation of, and commitment to, the sanctity of our shuls," said Rabbi Avrohom Nisan Perl, director of Agudas Yisroel Torah Projects Division. "While shuls are inherently places of kedushah," adds Rabbi Labish Becker, Agudas Yisroel associate executive director, "they are not, unfortunately, always treated as such, and that is an issue that should command our attention."

He noted that key issues likely to be addressed at the gatherings include talking during davening, proper decorum during the chazaras hashatz, adequate attention to damaged and worn siddurim and seforim, and the responsibility to enhance the physical dignity of our places of Torah and tefillo.

This year's inaugural Yom Iyun event, which will be held on Monday, September 6, at 8 P.M. at Brooklyn's Le Chateau hall, will feature Rabbi Yaakov Perlow, the Novominsker Rebbe and Rosh Agudath Israel; and Rabbi Matisyahu Solomon, Mashgiach of Beth Medrash Govoha (Lakewood).

And over ensuing days, across the United States and Canada, over one hundred cities will host their own Yom Iyun events, featuring local rabbonim or visiting guest lecturers.

Many thousands across the continent are expected to participate in the program, not only in large Jewish communities but smaller ones as well, in cities like Calgary, Alberta; Austin, Texas; San Diego, California; Vancouver, British Columbia; and Savannah, Georgia.

"These upcoming days are times when Jewish hearts are open and people are seeking ways to improve," says Rabbi Perl. "It's a golden and holy opportunity to bring much- needed focus to a timely and important issue."

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