Performing business in a Shul

Business-Accounting:[1]

One may not perform matters of accounting in a Shul. [Thus, one may not perform accountings of budget, salary, or payments in a Shul. Likewise, one may not sell items in a Shul.]

For the sake of a Mitzvah:[2] It is permitted to perform matters of accounting in a Shul if the accounts are being done for the sake of a Mitzvah [such as a charity fund, or Pidyon Shvuyim[3]].

 

 

Q&A

May one perform community related accountings in a Shul?[4]

No. This applies even if the community does not have another area to gather.

 

May one sell items in a Shul?[5]

No.

 

May one sell Sefarim and other Tashmishei Kedusha in a Shul?[6]

Yes.

 

May one sell Chameitz in a Shul?[7]

Yes.

 

May one exchange money in a Shul?[8]

No.

 

May a Din Torah be performed in a Shul?[9]

Seemingly it is permitted to do so being that it involves a Mitzvah.

 



[1] Michaber 151/1; Megillah 29b

[2] Michaber ibid

[3] Chesed Lealafim 151/3; Ben Ish Chaiy Vayikra 4

[4] Biur Halacha 151 “Vein Michashvin” in name of Ramban

[5] Piskeiy Teshuvos 151/10

[6] Rav Poalim 24; Ketzos Hashulchan 29 footnote 2

[7] Ketzos Hashulchan 29 footnote 2

[8] Piskeiy Teshuvos 151/10 in name of Mishnas Yosef

[9] See Rama 54/1; Ketzos Hashulchan 29 footnote 2

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