Mitzvah #236 – Kneeling

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It is forbidden to make a stone floor to be used for bowing down, even if one is bowing to G-d.

One who fully prostrates himself to G-d on a stone floor deserves 39 lashes by Bet Din.

Even simply kneeling on a stone floor to G-d is forbidden.

On Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur one has to cover the stone floors in the synagogue (e.g. with a carpet or towel or paper) before bowing down.

One who kneels or prostrates himself in front of an idol, deserves to be stoned to death by Bet Din.

Applies to everybody, everywhere, always.

Verse: “…and a stone floor do not put in your land to prostrate upon” (Vayikra 26:1)

Source: The Chafetz-Chaim’s Sefer haMitzvot haKatzar; Prohibition 161

 
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