Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik’s Remarks at the Hanukat Ha-Bayit of the Talner Shtibel in Brookline, MA, December 16, 1973
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Remarks at synagogue consecration by Rabbi J. B. Soloveitchik (Transcribed and Edited By: Jacob J. Schacter)
All this is halakhically correct, but the equation of home and synagogue is not only a halakhic one but is also a historical reality and a social psychological fact. A beis ha-kenesses in Halakhah and in history has never been a Temple nor has it ever been a house of worship. Halakhah is not satisfied with it being just a house of worship because it is possible to worship outside of it. It was the home where the Jew lived. (Rabbi J. B. Soloveitchik)
Schacter, J. J. (2021). Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik’s remarks at the Hanukat Ha-Bayit of the Talner Shtibel in Brookline, MA, December 16, 1973. Hakirah: The Flatbush Journal of Jewish Law and Thought. 30, 23-30.
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