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Reb Eliezer

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The Aron Hakadash is placed towards the east to daven towards Eretz Yisroel. The question is in Yechaveh Daas (3,19) from Rav Ovadya Yosef ztz’l how can we turn our backs to the Aron Hakadash at shabbos enty? The answer is that as long as the sefer torah is in a separate reshus, reshus hayochid we are alowed to do that as the rabonon at a darasha can turn themselves towards the public with their back to the Aron Hakadash. For this reason, if the Aron Hakdash is open or the sefer hatorah is on the bima, from ikar halacha, don’t have to stand up.