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Section: Halacha   Category: Tshuvos
Igros Moshe: Should We Stand Up When We Read Aseres Hadibros on Shavuos?
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 Az Yashir. 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.

Important Note: We bring this tshuvah as a starting point for discussion and not to convey any halacha. We try to convey the Tshuva to the best of our ability. We admit that our understanding may not be accurate. One should learn the tshuva to verify the accuracy of our interpretation. Please understand that this Tshuva may not be the final word on this topic. One should consult a Rav before drawing any conclusions.