By COLlive reporter
Stop the talking!
Rabbi Yitzchok Yehuda Yaroslavsky, Rov of Nachlas Har Chabad in Kiryat Malachi, has implored residents and congregants of local Chabad shuls to adhere to put an end to the chatting.
In a public letter on Friday, Rabbi Yaroslavsky quoted the Alter Rebbe in Tanya (Igeres Hakodesh 24): “To enact a decree to apply equally to everyone: No idle talk is to be spoken from the moment the chazan begins to recite the prayers until the end of the last Kaddish.”
Rabbi Yaroslavsky reminded community members about the “gravity of the sin and the danger of speaking during Tefillah,” as elaborated by the Rebbe Rashab and the Rebbe Rayatz. He said the Rebbe asked in the past to hang these instructions in all shuls.
He suggested that the gabboim of every shul appoint “men who will supervise and guard this ordinance.” He said this applied to both Shabbos and weekdays davening, adding that during the week cellphones should not be “operated and spoken into” in the vicinity of the shul.
Rabbi Yaroslavsky concluded the letter offering the “great blessings” that will be bestowed on each and every person and their family members to keeping the respect and holiness of a shul.