Sometimes I find myself in situations where I can only pray behind the Aron HaKodesh. Is there anything wrong with that according to Halacha? I ask because seemingly Chazal wanted the Aron HaKodesh ...
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 ...
What is the origin of the custom of opening the ark for important prayers (not connected with the need to take out the Torah scroll)?