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I was praying with my kid in a synagogue wherein the aron was against the eastern wall, and most of the seats were facing north or south. My kid wondered why the people around us turned to face east whenever they were standing. I had (and have) no idea. (Of course, they face east for the amida and so on. But then also for "Alenu" and shir shel yom and kadish (even those not saying it) et cetera.) Anyone know?

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related judaism.stackexchange.com/q/15382/759 – Double AA May 12 '13 at 17:38
related judaism.stackexchange.com/q/10495/759 – Double AA May 12 '13 at 18:03
Since this has no answers yet, and since my kid has (on another occasion in the same synagogue) expanded the scope of the question, and since chat.stackexchange.com/transcript/468?m=9391119#9391119 et seq., I'm editing this question to be about not just "Alenu". – msh210 May 19 '13 at 5:00
Were you worried about misrepresenting your kid online? :) – Double AA May 19 '13 at 5:31

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