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I was recently at the Kotel during Erev Shabbat, and I saw that while most people were facing toward the wall, a few were facing away from it, toward the entrance ramp, and fervently praying in that direction. They were not standing alone, but amongst a minyan in which most other people were facing toward the wall. (And no, it wasn't just at the end of Lecha Dodi, it was for most of Maariv.) I know that outward appearance is not a good way to tell, but they looked like religious Jews to me. Why were they doing this?

  • Facing to the right or the left? See judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/38826/… – Scimonster Jun 18 '17 at 8:16
  • Why would anyone face the kotel when praying? It's just a wall – Double AA Jun 18 '17 at 12:21
  • @Scimonster I saw that question before posting. These people were not facing right or left, but backwards. – HaLailah HaZeh Jun 18 '17 at 14:27
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    @DoubleAA I am not sure what your point is. As you could surely understand, facing the Kotel is a lot closer to facing the Kodesh Hakodashim than facing away from the wall. – HaLailah HaZeh Jun 18 '17 at 14:35
  • Maybe they were facing Meah Shearim - their Kodesh Kodoshim. ;-) – Danny Schoemann Jun 19 '17 at 8:33

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