Holochos of which Shul a person should choose to davan at – 29/12/2015

  • Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach zt”l writes that it is better to davan at a Shul where the service of the heart (ie. the praying) is with kovonoh (intent and devotion) than davaning at a Shul or Bais Hamedrish

where the davaning is done quickly and without sincerety. This Halocho even extends itself to the extent that even if a person were to leave the service early in such a Shul, it is still better to pray in such an establishment than davaning quickly and lacking kavonoh in another minyan. The reason for this says Rav Shlomo Zalman, and a certain Dayan zt”l who will all know, is because, it is better to say a few prayers with kavonoh than saying many many prayers without any kavonoh.

  • It is a special Mitzvah to davan in a Shul where there is a lot of people, unless of course in such a crowd of people you were not able to hear the repetition of the Amidah (the standing prayer) and the reading from the Sefer Torah, for then it would be preferable to davan in one’s own house with a minyan. However Rav Elyashiv zt”l once commented that if a person was on his way to a big minyan at a Shul and he passed by a Shul where they were small in number because the members of that Shul were old or of a weak disposition, then it would be an act of Chessed (kindness) to join that minyan for davaning. In fact the magnitude of helping such a Shul is no less a Mitzvah than attending a Shul with a lot of mispallalim (people davaning).