Is it allowed to change facing during the Amida, if one has find out that he\she is facing the wrong direction?

  • Very similar to this question, but I ask during Amida, not afterwards. May 13, 2020 at 9:05
  • Maybe related May 13, 2020 at 11:15
  • For what it's worth, Mishneh Torah, Tefilah and Birkat Kohanim 5:1, says (in translation): "A person who prays must be careful to tend to [the following] eight matters. [However,] if he is pressured, confronted by circumstances beyond his control, or transgresses and does not attend to one them, they are not of absolute necessity. They are: 1) standing; 2) facing the Temple; ...".
    – Tamir Evan
    May 13, 2020 at 15:24

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The Mishnah Brurah 94 s.k. 10 writes that one should not move his feet, but should just turn his head if possible. If it's too far to turn (for instance he's facing the opposite direction), one should just turn in his mind to the place of the Kodesh Hakedashim. However if he's in a shul where everyone is facing the correct direction except for him, then he should move his feet so that he will be positioned correctly like the rest of the congregation.

ואם עמד לצפון או לדרום והזכירו לו אסור לעקור רגליו להפוך למזרח אלא יעקם פניו למזרח ודי בזה אפי' אם מתפלל עם אחרים שפניהם למזרח ואם א"א או שעומד פניו למערב יכוין לבו לק"ק ולא יעקור רגליו אך אם מתפלל בבה"כ דאוושא מילתא מצדד בפמ"ג לומר דיהפוך א"ע לצד הקהל וכן פסק בספר שולחן שלמה

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