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Rav Belsky's illustration on how to lean by the seder

I believe this is the video that you're looking for: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssZY25Fj8qE Rav Belsky does not show the tapestry, but he leans in a manner very similar to what you described. He ...
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At the seder, unsupported mid-air leaning feels awkward. In reality, how should I recline?

Rav Yisroel Belsky (zt"l) said that one should lean slightly to the left, with one's elbow on the table, in a very comfortable manner. See the YouTube video for more detail. Here's a screenshot from ...
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Reconciling the Rashbam's understanding for leaning left with the anatomy of the throat

I'm not sure this quite answers your question, but Radvaz (3:584 (1012)) does seem to question Rashbam's anatomical facts, and says something that might be considered an answer: ועוד ראיתי כי הסימנים ...
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Leaning (heseiba) on Pesach

The question is assuming that I have a mitzvah to fulfill (leaning) and my rebbe muvhak (or father) is commanding me not to fulfill it. Framed in this way, the question is very strong- we don't listen ...
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The angle of heseiba and derech cheirus

R. Belsky was asked "How much must one lean for proper heseiba, 10 degrees, 45 degrees, or 90 degrees?" He answered that heseiba does not refer to awkward lateral leaning. He notes that he recounted ...
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Why are we allowed to lean at the Passover Seder?

Rav Moshe Shternbuch in his responsa, while discussing a question whether wearing "short" suits, which were a modern advent, falls into the prohibition of Chukas Hagoyim, writes a general principle ...
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Why are we allowed to lean at the Passover Seder?

See S A 178, 1: אין הולכין בחוקות העובדי כוככים (ולא מדמין להם) (טור בשם הרמב״ם). ולא ילבש מלבוש המיוחד להם ולא יגדל ציצת ראשו כמו ציצת ראשם ולא יגלח מהצדדין ויניח השער באמצע ולא יגלח השער מכנגד פניו ...
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Why are we allowed to lean at the Passover Seder?

This is not (in this case) chukas hagoyim. Rather it is pointing to a situation in which we use something that we can see from the goyim as an example of what we would do. Another example is the ...
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