This week we take an in-depth look at the laws of the shul, and in particular, the laws derived from the comparison between today’s “small sanctuary” and the original Temple. Is this comparison made on a Torah level, or only on a rabbinic level? What are its ramifications concerning building or destroying a shul? Which halachos are extracted from the comparison (such as the structure of the shul, placement of the bimah, doors, the aron ha-kodesh, and so on), and which are not? These questions, and more, are discussed in this week’s article. This week’s Q & A present the interesting question of which parent a child born to a non-Jewish father (but Jewish mother) should be named after: his mother, his maternal grandfather, or some other option?

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