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Taking the Rov’s spot


There is a reserved parking spot for the Rov in front of the Shul. If one knows that the rov is out of town or never uses the spot at a certain time of the day, may they park in that spot?



Thank you for your question.

It is hard to give you a clear answer on this but here are the potential issues.

There are two potential issues here. The first one geneiva, if the spot is on private property and you don’t have the right to use the property against the wishes of the owner. Therefore if the parking spot is in the shuls private parking area, and the board does not allow people to park in the Rov’s spot, it could be geneiva. The second potential issue is the respect for the Rabbi. In many communities it would be considered disrespectful to the Rabbi for one of the congregants to park in the spot reserved for him. If that is the case then it should not be done. However if the people in the community and the Rabbi don’t mind and allow it then it would be permitted.

Have a gmar chasima tova


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