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Author:  SA
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Date:  6/19/2003 9:09:00 AM
Subject:  Direction of Prayer
Message:  If a shul has the Aron Hakodesh situated against the south wall such that the congregants face south for the Amida, should one [while facing south like all the others] nevertheless veer his head towards the east (as stated in Shulchan Aruch 94:2)?

Reply:  You can face East, or rather the direction of the Beit HaMikdash.

Incidentally, this reminds me of a time I was in a Shul and everyone seemed to be accurately facing Jerusalem, but one person was deliberately a few degrees to the right..... seemingly facing Mecca.....

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