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16 Tammuz 5762 - June 26, 2002 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Maranan Verabonon Call for Greater Respect for Botei Knesses
by A. Cohen

Maranan verabonon issued a rousing call to show greater respect for botei knesses and botei medrash and to refrain from unnecessary speech during tefilloh.

The following signatures appeared on the call: HaRav Yosef Sholom Eliashiv, HaRav Aharon Leib Steinman, HaRav Michel Feinstein, HaRav Shmuel Halevy Wosner, HaRav Michel Yehuda Lefkovitz, HaRav Nissim Karelitz, HaRav Chaim Kanievsky, HaRav Shmuel Auerbach, HaRav Binyomin Zilber, HaRav Meir Tzvi Bergman, HaRav Yehuda Shapira and HaRav Seroyoh Devlitzky.

A similar call issued in 5754 (1994) reads, "Chanoch lana'ar al pi darko, gam ki yazkin lo yosur mimenoh. From here we learn that in every matter, habit brings control and one must begin from an early age. Tefilloh is one of the three pillars on which the world stands, and to carry out every detail of the halocho according to the rulings of the Shulchon Oruch children must be trained from an early age, so that they can be educated not to speak during Kaddish and chazoras hashats, which is a terrible sin . . . Adults have a tremendous responsibility to set an example for young children . . . "

In last week's call the rabbonim added the words, "And now, in a generation of yissurim as the sword hangs above us from without, causing fear within, and every day there are more and more widows and orphans Rachmono litzlan, we are issuing a call to again alert people to the need to be more vigilant in this important, sublime matter. Therefore, we are issuing this sacred call to our esteemed brethren: Let us awaken and gird ourselves in this matter, for our lives depend on it and clearly each and every individual has an obligation to gird himself. The weak must say, `I shall be valiant,' rather than, `How can I possibly change my habits?' for our rabbonim teach us that in every matter one must begin with a small kabboloh that he knows he can uphold. Therefore every individual should try to accept upon himself a small kabboloh to bolster his respect for Mikdash me'at, and in this merit may we be blessed from Heaven with shefa, yeshuo verachamim, and may we be spared from any further pillage or calamity within our borders."

Those who would like to distribute posters or make a donation to further this important matter can call 03- 5791974.


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