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I've tried to look for it but couldn't find the reference, where it's said that Dogs & other animals instinctively position themselves in South/North (and other directions but not with their behind facing East)?

Thanks in advance!

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  • If the dog is north of the bais hamikdash they might face east - west while if east or west of the bais hamikdash, they might face north - south. Feb 13 at 20:56

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This is a recent answer from science, not religion. See https://www.pbs.org/newshour/science/dogs-poop-in-alignment-with-earths-magnetic-field-study-finds

Excerpt/summary: Researchers measured the direction of the body axis in 70 dogs of 37 breeds during defecation (1,893 observations) and urination (5,582 observations) over a two-year period. Directional preferences of dogs under different MF conditions were analyzed. Results: Dogs preferred to excrete with the body being aligned along the North–South axis under calm Magnetic Field conditions.

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  • Thank you a lot Phil! That's actually one of the article I wanted to reference as well, so thanks so much for digging that out, you're so kind, lots of blessings!
    – Zacchino
    Jun 22 at 5:18
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It's not a perfect match, but you might be thinking of Yoma 3:8, which says that the bull of the Kohen Gadol on Yom Kippur is positioned so that it won't relieve itself towards either the Temple or the Altar.

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    Is that reason given in the Mishnah itself?
    – Alex
    Feb 14 at 0:55
  • Thank you Heshy! That might be the beginning of my answer, maybe there's commentaries around it! Thanks so much again! Brakha veAtzlakha to you & your loved ones!
    – Zacchino
    Jun 22 at 5:17

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