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Appropriate place to Pray


Rabbi David Sperling

Kislev 7, 5779
Shalom Harav, I am attending college away from home, so I am renting a room in someone’s house (not Jewish). Would I be allowed to pray Amidah in my room? Thank you.
Shalom, Thank you for your question. As long as there are no forms of foreign religions in the room (such as status or crosses) then you may pray in your bedroom. (I believe that there is a common misconception that one is not allowed to pray in a bedroom. I have found no basis for this. Of course, where possible, it is better to pray in a synagogue, even without a minyan. But many people find they need to pray at home, as do most women, and it is perfectly acceptable to pray in a bedroom.) May you have every success at collage – and I hope that you'll be able to join with other Jewish students and together make a strong community. Blessings.
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