[Avodah] Sistine chapel

Micha Berger micha at aishdas.org
Tue Oct 5 14:03:36 PDT 2021

On Fri, Sep 03, 2021 at 03:56:58PM +0000, Rich, Joel via Avodah wrote:
> I know there were some tours under Jewish that travel there. Is anyone
> aware of any published opinions that allow entering it?

According to Tzeidah laDerekh 78:9 it is prohibited because it is still
a functioning church. Unlike much of the Vatican complex open to the public,
where the primary function is more like a museum.

When R/Dr David Berger was invited to the Vatican, RYBS pasqened something

NCSY has a nice packet on the subject at
E.g. I learned that RMSternbuch (Teshuvos veHanagos 2:410) would allow my
voting in a church room that wasn't the sanctuary, whereas RMF (IM OC 4:40)
would apparently not.

Tir'u baTov!

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