The Broader Impact

By: Rabbi Yehoshua Liss

We have discussed various aspects relating to revering the Temple of yore and the contemporary shul. In fact, the Gemara in Megillah (29a) teaches us that there is a deep connection between these two structures, as our modern day shuls serve as what is referred to as a מקדש מעט, a mini-Temple. Although the holy Temple has been destroyed, the shul serves as the temporary replacement for the Jewish people in the Diaspora to gather in order to connect to Hashem.

Just as there are special laws that regulated the conduct of our ancestors when they entered the ancient Temple, so too, we continue these practices today in our shuls both in Israel and throughout the Diaspora. This is in order to help us inculcate proper awe and respect for the holiness of the shul. Just like the Temple was G-d’s house, His resting place among us, so too, the shul is G-d’s dwelling. When we step foot into a sanctuary, we should remember that we have the tremendous opportunity to be guests in G-d’s holy abode.



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