- Question: [Sunday, 13th Kisleiv 5781]
Is it permitted for one to give a speech in a shul with his back facing the Aron kodesh?
Yes, it is permitted to do so. Although we do not sit with our backs facing the Aron [unless the Bima is between the Aron and ones seat] nonetheless we do permit standing temporarily for the sake of the speech with one’s back facing it. Despite the above allowance, some are nevertheless stringent to stand to the side of the Aron.
Sources: See Michaber OC 150:5; Levush 150:5; Taz OC 150:2; YD 282:1; P”M 150 M”Z 2; 141 M”Z; Shaareiy Efraim 3 Pischeiy Shearim 9; M”B 150:14; Shaar Hatziyon 150:13; Leket Yosher p. 31; Teshuvah Meahavah 2:228; Aruch Hashulchan Y.D. 282:2; Keren Ledavid 36; Mikdash Me’at 282:4; Tzedaka Umishpat 16; Chelkas Yaakov 3:132; Minchas Yitzchak 5:78; Piskeiy Teshuvos 150:18