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Asking People for Money When They’re Praying

I’m sure that this doesn’t happen in Conservative synagogues, or Reform or any other kind of synagogue than an Orthodox synagogue.  But giving charity is a big mitzvah (commandment) so it’s not unusual for a person who needs money to ask a person who keeps mitzvahs for charity.

If you’ve ever been to the kotel in Israel then you know what I’m talking about here.

The strange thing, of course, is that interrupting someone’s prayers, some of which could be that person’s supplication for money,  seems rude.

a) How can anyone interrupt a conversation with G-d?

b) Why can’t it wait a couple of minutes?

I understand that praying the morning prayers in a synagogue can cost $7.00 minimum a day!  Fine, if you have that kind of pocket change.

But that’s not the issue, of course.  Maybe during derech eretz month (see other posts), which is in ELUL, coming right up, people can watch this issue.

Humbly yours,


August 8, 2007 - Posted by | charity, chesed, kotel, mitzvah


  1. Very much like your blog, zachdus. 🙂

    Comment by Smooth | August 9, 2007

  2. So flattered, thanks.

    Comment by zachdus | August 10, 2007

  3. I feel your pain

    Comment by Frum Hiker | August 12, 2007

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