If one is davening outside, and one says aleinu* and wishes to bow, should one change how he bows?

I have seen (h/t Harel13) it written that, when one says Birchat Hachama, one should bow to the side.

aleinu bowing to the side

I recall hearing as a boy (2 Birchat Hachama cycles ago) that this was to avoid the appearance of bowing to the sun, which others might misunderstand as worshiping OF the sun.

-- another source which quotes the Chida among others https://www.hidabroot.org/article/238621

Does this same concern apply whenever one davens outside and says aleinu?

*might this also apply to any other bowing done while davening silently, as an outsider would not know what is being said and might misconstrue** the behavior for sun-worship?

**if the fear is others misunderstanding the bowing as worshiping the celestial object, would one change the bowing during Kiddush Levana for the same reason? (h/t Sam)

  • You have same issue every month by kiddush levana
    – sam
    Commented Mar 24, 2020 at 16:05
  • @sam I was just coming here to add that to the question, especially in the light of the linked question.
    – rosends
    Commented Mar 24, 2020 at 16:47
  • I don't know much on the topic, but I was once told the we say Aleinu at kiddush levana to demonstrate the exact opposite - that we are NOT praying to the moon.
    – JewishMale
    Commented Apr 2, 2020 at 11:55


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