Thursday, September 23, 2004

Who can explain?

When the aron kodesh (holy arc) is opened for a prayer-poem on the Days of Awe during services in the shul, everyone stands up.

But when the arc is opened for a prayer-poem in the shteeble some people stand, but most people remain seated. I know that sick people are excused from standing, but these sitters look healthy to me. Are all the sick people in town praying at the shteeble?

As MoChassid, blogger par excellence, might say: What's pshat?


The Halacha does not really require us to stand when the Aron is opened, but when the Torah is in transit.  
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