Throw Him Out of Shul

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shul-daveningThe sin of speaking during Chazoras Hashatz (or Krias Hatorah) is so severe that the Shulchan Aruch states that one should scream at one who is sinning in this way, as follows; if the person is speaking due to inattention to the severity of the sin, or the point in davening, one should tell the person in a quiet, polite manner to refrain from talking. Shulchan Aruch w/Mishnah Brurah 124:7, Piskei Tshuvos 124:7, S’U Shevet Halevi 10:13

However, if the person does not accept the rebuke and continues to speak, or it is a person who has repeated this sin many times after rebuke, he should be dealt with severely, (in accordance with the directive of the Rambam in Hilchos Deios 6:7), as follows:

a) First, speak to the person privately {after davening}, pleasantly and in a gentle manner, explaining the great loss caused by speaking during davening, and the immense reward for doing Teshuvah and refraining from talking in the future.

b) If unsuccessful, and the person continues to repeat this sin this process should be repeated once more.

c) If still unsuccessful, and the person continues to repeat this sin one should berate and embarrass the person publicly, publicize his sin, shame him to his face, and curse him, until he does Tshuvah from this sin.

d) If still unsuccessful, and the person continues to speak during davening he should be barred from entering the shul in order to prevent him from causing others to sin as he has.

Due to the great danger involved in publicly embarrassing another Jew, one should never undertake the implementation of the above without the specific guidance of a Rov/Posek.

Shulchan Aruch w/Mishnah Brurah 124:7, Piskei Tshuvos 124:7, S’U Shevet Halevi 10:13

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