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Igros Moshe: Should We Stand Up When We Read Aseres Hadibros on Shavuos?

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Igros Moshe: Should We Stand Up When We Read Aseres Hadibros on Shavuos?
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Aseres Hadibros used to be part of Davening. However, the gemara in Berachos comments, that Chazal abolished this so that people would not think that the Aseres Hadibros are more important than other parts of Torah. Therefore, the Rambam writes (Teshuvah 263) that standing up for the Aseres Hadibros should also not be done, as it promotes this idea that the Aseres Hadibros are more important than other pesukim.

Rav Moshe Feinstein (OC 4:22) differentiates between this custom and the prohibition of our Gemara by pointing out that there are other Torah sections which have the same custom, such as the Shira. Realizing that there are portions aside from the Aseres Hadibros for which we stand, people will not be mislead by the Minim who think that the Aseres Hadibros are more important.

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