Touring the Vatican and Viewing its Artwork

Is a Jew allowed to tour the Vatican, a building that houses the Roman Catholic Church? Generally, Jews are not permitted to enter a house of foreign worship. But what if a Jew wants to visit the Vatican for a purpose other than worship? May he enter to get a glimpse of artifacts of the Beis HaMikdash, or to view the artwork contained therein?

Based on the popular book Headlines: Halachic Debates of Current Events by Dovid Lichtenstein, this sourcesheet was adapted for teens by Shaya First. Formatted and edited by Rachel First. Includes the tzuras hadaf for the quoted Gemaras.


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