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I've seen people kiss an aron kodesh (cabinet holding Torah scrolls) when they approach it and, if they were standing near it, before they leave it. Does this have any written source; or, are there known instances of authoritative individuals' having done (or advised) thus?

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In Shivat Tzion it says to kiss the WALLS of the Shul because of their holiness, and I say Kal WaHomer the Aron.

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There are sources for kissing a mezuza, such as:

[לפיכך, כשיצא אדם מפתח ביתו, ינשק המזוזה: [חיי אדם, חלק א' כלל ט"ו

And possibly the custom of kissing a sefer Torah stems from this.

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    The question asks about the aron, not the sefer torah. – Monica Cellio Dec 6 '11 at 14:55
  • @Monica presumably the custom of kissing the Aron is a further extension. – Seth J Jul 25 '12 at 2:57
  • I don't see a correlation. Esp. with the quote that refers to what people should do when they leave their home. Any correlation to this quote seems considerably weakened by the fact that shuls don't require a mezuzah. – DanF Mar 11 '18 at 18:16

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