The main shul in 770 is preparing for the yomim tovim by redoing the floors and repainting the benches. This after fifteen years have passed since the floors were last changed.
When asked why they don’t put in a marble or similar floor, like most big shuls do? One of the gabboim explained it so:
The Rebbe gave a directive not to make the floors of 770 out of stone. This, according to R’ Zalman Lipskier.
R’ Zalman explained the directive citing the halacha that one may only bow on the stone floor of the Beis Hamikdash, a yid isn’t allowed to bow down on a stone floor anywhere else. This becomes an issue on Rosh Hashonoh and Yom Kippur, when we bow at Aleinu (“Kor’im“).
Many people don’t know this halacha, and even if they know, the shul gets so full on those days that spreading a carpet or towel on the floor would be impossible. In order to avoid any potential problems, the Rebbe instructed not to make the floor out of stone.
The benches are also being repainted in preparation for the yomim tovim.
Photos provided by R’ Yosef Yitzchok Kratz.