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I heard once from Rabbi Yisroel Miller that the reason for this is to instill fear in the tzibur during davening.
Tosefta Megila 3:14 says that the elders would sit facing the congregation. As per DoubleAA's comment this is codified in Orach Chaim 150:5. The question is really on the Rabbis that do not do so. Kav Chaim 1 says the reason the front row faces the congregation is since the Bima is in the center of the Synagogue and that is where the Torah is read, that ...
While there is an accepted Halachic framework for answering questions, an integral component of that framework involves local, or personal, custom; one need only look at any chapter of the Shulchan Aruch and Mishna Brurah to observe just some implications that custom has on practice. While you may say that the differences are only between Sephardic or ...
Nahmanides, (1194-1270), on Exodus 13:16 says on the phrase about the head phylacteries 'as a reminder between our eyes', In verse 9, ... That we should place them in the place of memory between the eyes, that is the beginning of the brain (the prefrontal cortex allows for executive function, which facilitates cognition) and it is the beginning of ...
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