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I heard that Rav Chaim Kanievsky holds that one should take the steps sideways or on a diagonal. I personally saw the Chazan in his shul take three steps back on a diagonal that was nearly sideways.


R. Belsky was asked "How much must one lean for proper heseiba, 10 degrees, 45 degrees, or 90 degrees?" He answered that heseiba does not refer to awkward lateral leaning. He notes that he recounted that he saw a tapestry depicting heseiba and realized that the act refers not to awkward leaning, but to comfortable reclining. He demonstrated how this can be ...

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