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Halacha - aron not facing east
Submitted by e. Maybruch  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Answer: Ideally everyone should face Yerushalaim and not th misplaced Aron HaKodesh. However if everyone is already accustomed to facing the front of the shuls, you as an individual should not face a different direction then the rest of the shul. Rather you should stand facing the same direction as everyone else, but turn your face the correct direction.
posted:2010-10-13 19:44:48

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Rabbi Peretz Moncharsh, 2010-10-21 15:33:27
I have, and while I admit it is not the most comfortable position to daven in, it should be the biggest inconvenience we suffer to follow Halacha.
It is evident that turning the face is a valid option from the words of the Mishna Berura 94 s.k. 10 where he writes that one who started Shmona Esrei facing the wrong direction may not move his feet and should twist his face.
jake, 2010-10-15 10:34:43
Has the Rav ever tried facing his head to the east while the rest of the body was toward another direction? I once saw someone daven like this and he looked very very strange and said that he had neck pain after the tefilla. Although the mishna brura literally says what the rav answered, that can not be pshat in what he meant. In bava basra 25 b, rashi comments that mitzdad means to turn slightly toward the other direction, this is what the Mishna berura means, one should face the aron in this case but then turn slightly toward the right direction but not that one's body should actually face toward the aron and ones head to the east.
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