Minyan

16 08, 2022

Tenth Man for Minyan Outside

August 16th, 2022|Minyan, Orach Chayim, Shulchan Arukh, Tefillah|

QUESTION

Rhode Island

We are required to have a security person at the door when the building we daven at is otherwise closed (on Shabbat). For financial reasons, we use rotating volunteers, but sometimes, like for Mincha, we have only ten men. The security person can just barely see into the shul room from the back door of the room where we daven. The last person in the room can barely see them. Can that security person be the tenth, bedieved or lekhatchilah?

ANSWER

Shulchan Arukh (OC 55:14) rules that a tziruf for minyan can be achieved even if a person is outside […]

18 09, 2021

Where Can an Aron Kodesh Be Put?

September 18th, 2021|Keriat HaTorah, Minyan, Sefer Torah, Sefer Torah, Tefillin, Mezuzah, Tefillah|

QUESTION

Chicago, IL

Does an aron kodesh need to have legs that connect it to the ground? Or can it be mounted onto a wall?

ANSWER

I don’t see how that should be different from an aron built into the wall which is common. The more ancient arons were not freestanding. See here – https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/ark.

The Rema on OH 154:3 does note certain requirements for what can constitute an aron:

הגה: יש אומרים דלא מקרי ארון הקודש אלא אם הוא […]

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