I heard that you can't daven in front of a picture

What does this included?

  1. A mogen Dovid?

  2. A flag of israel?

  3. A lion?

  4. What if it is part of the paroiches or Aron kodesh ....

Similar Davening in front of a picture of 'Avodah Zarah


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The Ramma in siman 90 siff 23 explains the reason not to pray in front of pictures is because it distracts one from concentrating.

This is the same reasoning The Mishna Berurah there uses to explain the Mechaber.

So in fact any picture that distracts, such as one found on clothing as the Mechaber mentioned, are problematic.

The Mishna Berurah also points out that praying in front of a mirror is problematic both because it looks like one is praying to the reflection, and because it is distracting.

  • I want to add that it seems that praying to a reflection is a form of avodo zara see yd 11.3
    – hazoriz
    Commented May 2, 2016 at 14:42

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