Inspired by DanF question here. Covering the Aron Kodesh in a Shul is a curtain called the Paroches. One needs to open up the curtain before taking out the Torah. Which direction is one supposed to open the curtain - from right to left or left to right? I have seen both ways done in Shuls. Can someone bring sources for opening in either direction?
Rabi Ovadia Yosef ZATSAL.
(so his son said - Rabi Avraham Yosef so i heard him and here is a link to his answer)
And Rabi Meir Mazuz SHLITa
(so i heard him and here is a link answered in his Yeshiva).
Both saying from the left side to the right. So if you are looking forward to the Aron Kodesh, you are taking your right hand to your left and pushing the PAROCHET to the right. That way you are committing : "all your turns will be to the right" HAZAK.
According to Shut Be'er Moshe (5:38), there is no definitive way it should be opened, and whichever way one opens it is fine.
The answer depends on the parochet. The schul I grew up in has a parochet which goes towards the right, whereas the one I daven by now has one which goes towards the left. The former is a Chabad, the latter a fairly mainstream Orthodox minyan. Further, many older, Western European schuls (such as Ohel Avraham in Paris and Orach Chaim in NYC) have parochot which open from the centre.