As shuls around the world begin to reopen following months of forced closure, 32 Chabad Rabbonim released a letter calling to refrain from talking during davening.
By Anash.org reporter
As shuls around the world begin to reopen following months of forced closure, Chabad rabbonim worldwide are calling on Anash to commit themselves to refrain from talking during davening.
Among the 32 rabbonim who signed the letter are: Harav Levi Yitzchok Raskin, London, UK; Harav Avrohom Osdoba and Harav Yosef Braun of the Crown Heights Beis Din; Harav Shimon Raichik and Harav Yosef Shusterman, Los Angeles CA; Harav Dovid Schochet, Toronto, Canada; Harav Ezra Schochet, Rosh Yeshiva of Ohr Elchonon Chabad, Los Angeles, CA; Harav Meir Ashkenazi, Kfar Chabad, and Harav Gavriel Zinner, rov and author of Nitei Gavriel.
In their letter, they call to take to heart the recent calamity and to improve as a result.
“The Rambam writes that whenever a tragic event happens, one must examine his deeds,” they write. “Additionally, the well-known saying of the Ba’al Shem Tov teaches us that everything we see or hear is with divine providence.
“The proper reaction, therefore, to being banned from shuls, is to examine whether we have accorded our shuls the proper respect,” they write.
The rabbonim call for every member of Anash to take a resolution not to speak in shul for the entire duration of davening.
“May the resolutions in this area bring us to the ultimate redemption when we will daven in the third Beis Hamikdosh,” they write.