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msh210
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Do mourners change their seats in shul today?

The g'mara on Moed Katan 23a says that after shiva, when the mourner stays at home, he can return to shul but does not sit in his usual seat. (According to this g'mara, he returns to his usual seat a week later, or R' Yehudah says two weeks.) I haven't paid close attention, and anyway people in my community are not particularly attached to specific seats. Is this the custom today, that a mourner makes a point of sitting elsewhere after shiva? If it is not the custom today, when did it change? If it is the custom in some communities but not others, in which ones is it the custom?

Monica Cellio
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