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I am a Ba'al Kri'ah (Torah reader). I have heard various versions regarding protocol for reading these verses. My custom has been to read all the verses in this section in a low voice except for the last one (v 46). In some other shuls, I have heard this scenario:

  • Verses 14:33 soft voice
  • Verses 34-35 loud
  • Verses 36-41 soft voice
  • Verse 42 loud
  • Verse 43 soft voice
  • Verses 44-46 loud

Is there a standard format? To me, multiple switching back and forth in the middle confuses the congregation and me, as well :-)

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