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Author:  Deborah Tamson
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Date:  2/7/2003 11:56:00 AM
Subject:  Praying amongst the Heathens
Message:  Dear Rabbi,

I work in an office with gentiles and I have the following question. Some days I need to get in to work early and I don't have time to say my morning prayers at home. Is it permissible for me to pray at work amongst the gentiles? And would it make a difference if they mock me whilst I pray?

As always your inciteful advise is sought.
   
Reply:  It is OK to pray in front of gentiles, and if anything, they'll respect you. It is ideal to pray in a place that you'll have the most peace & quiet, in order to concentrate. Praying in the hallway in front of the elevator is certainly a bad choice. It would be preferable to sit in a quiet spot, rather than stand in a busy one.
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