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It is (at least) the Chabad custom that the Torah Reader takes the Aliya with the curses in Parshat Ki Tavo and Bechukotai. The reader ascends without being called and recites the blessings before and after. (See the Luach Colel Chabad).

What happens if the Torah Reader is a Kohen or a Levi?

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Are there any Yisraelim in the room? :) – Double AA Aug 25 '13 at 2:06
@DoubleAA: Who can read the Torah? In this case, no. – Menachem Aug 25 '13 at 3:18
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The Minchas Elazar (Shu"t Minchas Elazar 1:66) discusses this case, and suggests as follows:

  • For Parshas Bechukosai, where the curses are closer to the beginning of the Parsha, the Baal Koreh can get Cohen, and read until after the curses.

  • For Parshas Ki Savo, where the curses are closer to the end of the Parsha, they should make the earlier Aliyos shorter, and read the curses as Achron

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Does Acharon mean the 8th Aliya (what is usually maftir)? If so, does that mean that there is no repeating? – Menachem Aug 25 '13 at 7:07
@Menachem That is how I understood it – Michoel Aug 25 '13 at 8:01

I have been in a Shul where the Torah reader was a Levi and they made the curses Aliya into Acharon.

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Problem is that Chabad doesn't add Aliyos mitzad hadin – Shmuel Brin Aug 25 '13 at 5:14
@Shmuel What Din is that? It's an explicit Mishna that permits it. – Double AA Aug 25 '13 at 5:31
@DoubleAA IIRC, the Tzemach Tzedek said that the din in the mishna was only applicable when they had the Oleh doing the reading (And the Baal Kore reading under his breath helping him out). – Shmuel Brin Aug 25 '13 at 6:25

I have witnessed in Chabad Shuls where the Baal Koreh was a Cohen, that a Yisroel volunteered to take the aliyah without being called up.

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