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Often, kadish follows a prayer for which the aron (cabinet for Torah scrolls) is open. Examples include "Avinu malkenu" (sometimes) and the prayer accompanying putting the Torah scroll back (sometimes). I have seen some prayer leaders, seemingly on purpose, wait until the aron was closed before beginning kadish.

Similarly, during s'lichos, immediately after "Sh'ma kolenu" (for which the aron is open) comes viduy, and I have seen some people, seemingly on purpose, wait until the aron was closed before beginning it.

Why wait?

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I recommend that you change the title. – Hacham Gabriel Sep 8 '13 at 16:39
Ditto on the title. – Seth J Sep 8 '13 at 16:41
SethJ, @HachamGabriel, good now? – msh210 Sep 8 '13 at 18:00
@msh210 at least it's not a matziv anymore. – Hacham Gabriel Sep 9 '13 at 1:23
@HachamGabriel pardon? I don't get it. – msh210 Sep 9 '13 at 6:54

"Wait until the Aron is closed" - I suspect it's for practical reasons; at some points in the services, people will sit down (e.g. Tachanun) at the next prayer, and they ideally should remain standing while the Aron is open, so we wait. Another practicality is you can offend the poor confused fellow who's been honored with closing the Aron by starting the next piece and making him feel like he missed the boat.

Overall it's just a decorum/choreography thing. Prayer A, ark is open. Okay people see the ark close, time for Prayer B.

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Maybe. And +1. But note that all the examples I gave in the question were where the following prayer is said standing. – msh210 Sep 9 '13 at 14:13

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