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Walking Under the Awning of a Church

Question: Is one allowed to walk under the awning of a Church? Is there any reason when walking on a sidewalk near a Church to cross to the other side of the street? Thank you Answer: It is permissible to walk under the awning of a Church. There is a prohibition from entering into the actual building and even in to the courtyard of a Church. Bit outside under the awning is permissible. If one is stopped and ...

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Entering a Non Jewish Place of Worship

Question: I will be touring Europe in the coming weeks, and the group I am with will enter many historic sites, among them churches. May I enter as a tourist, at a time when  no prayers and the like are being held? Thanks. Answer: Entering churches is strictly forbidden, even when there are no prayers or ceremonies taking place. Traditionally, the accepted practice has been to be even more stringent than th ...

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