My question concerns the direction in which the Torah is to be carried after the reading. The Kitzur says to carry it to the right/north when taking it out, and to the South when returning it. Is there any authority for reversing direction and carrying the Torah clockwise when returning it to the Ark? Does it matter if the reading table is close to the Ark rather than at a distance from the Ark?
Ark? Thank you.
The basis for the ruling, as clear from the wording of Kitzur Shulchan Aruch (23:1), is that the person holding the sefer torah should turn to his right. On the way to the bimah, this means turning northwards, and on the way back, southwards. I don’t know of an authority that writes differently to this, and it would not make a difference is the reading table is close by, for the principle of turning to the right would still apply.