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Why is it important to pray in a synagogue?

by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg


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It is actually vital for a Jew to attend the synagogue for prayers every day of the week. Our sages tell us that since the destruction of the Holy Temple G-d's presence (which used to be (and to a certain extent still remains) in the Holy Temple) can be accessed in a synagogue. In simpler words, your prayers are accepted quicker when they are uttered in the holy confines of a synagogue.


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Prayer and Synagogue

Posted by: Sylvia Rivkah Holan, USA on Oct 14, 2005

"your prayers are accepted quicker when they are uttered in the holy confines of a synagogue."

Regarding the aforementioned quote taken from an earlier posting. I wish to note that I grew up in a community where my family constituted the entire Jewish population (community). We did not have a Shul close by and since we lived on a large farm my Father and Mother set aside one room in our home for all services, this became our "Shul" be it proper or not, we never had a minyan as I come from a family of five daughters and no sons, my Father did raise us to be "Eishet Chayil"

I think that your point is valid, but I also know that your prayers are heard by G*d if you come with an open and true heart.

I am now fortunate to be able to attend Shul and find great comfort there, but often I miss that room where I covered my head with my sisters, my Mother and would listen and learn from my Father.



Mitzvot » Prayer » Synagogue

1. Usually a reference to the Holy Temple which was/will be situated in Jerusalem. 1st Temple was built in 825 BCE and was destroyed in 423 BCE. The 2nd Temple was built in 350 BCE and was destroyed in 70 CE. The 3rd Temple will be built by the Messiah. 2. A synagogue.
It is forbidden to erase or deface the name of G-d. It is therefore customary to insert a dash in middle of G-d's name, allowing us to erase or discard the paper it is written on if necessary.