Must one face Yerushlaim (or the Hechal) when reciting Kaddish,the way one should for Amida? This seems to be generally practiced; does it have a source in the Shulchan Aruch or achronim or is it a misconception?

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    I once asked my rav and he said it was unnecessary.
    – Double AA
    Commented Mar 26, 2012 at 16:10
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    @l' While we're at it, many also place their feet together.
    – YDK
    Commented Mar 26, 2012 at 16:46
  • @YDK yesh ladun. see terumat hadeshen 28.
    – Double AA
    Commented Mar 26, 2012 at 16:55
  • @DoubleAA, I had that svara, but I never saw it inside. Y"C
    – YDK
    Commented Mar 26, 2012 at 17:04
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    HaRav Eliyahu Mansour, SheLYT"A, just addressed this in his Daily Halacha (link)
    – Lee
    Commented Jul 24, 2014 at 6:42

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One of the main reasons why we pray towards Yerushalayim is to display our yearning for the Bet Hamikdash to be rebuilt.

The other reason being that it's the "Gates of Heaven" where prayers go up - whatever that means.

Since Kadish is both (1) a prayer (2) for the Bet Hamikdash to be rebuilt it would make sense to face the Bet Hamikdash while reciting it. However, it's not mentioned in classical sources, AFAIK.

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    Sources for your first two paragraphs would help a lot.
    – msh210
    Commented May 13, 2013 at 17:03

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