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My shul has about a dozen Sifrei Torah but only 3 are kosher. I feel that a shul needs a minimum of 4. My reasoning:

Next week is a good example - There are 2 days of Shavu'ot followed closely by Shabbat. I need 3 for Shavu'ot alone - the reading for the 1st day and 2nd days and the 3rd is for maftir. This means that one of the 3 is the Torah I will be using this coming Shabbat (Nasso), and when next Shabbat comes, I have to spend time rolling that Torah. (I don't have time to roll it on Friday morning, BTW.)

My shul doesn't see the need to repair another one. (It's not the cost - they can handle the repair cost.) I'm trying to convince the shul that without the 4th there is "tircha d'tzibur" several times per year when we have such situations.

Prior to making my case, I'd like some advice or, perhaps halachic backup to my main claim that a 4th Torah is necessary to avoid tircha d'tzibbur. Has anyone else experienced this problem, and if you have, what did you do?

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I'm more worried that having all of those non-kosher sifrei Torah could lead to an issue of lifnei iver, or something else like that. – Scimonster May 29 '14 at 19:23
@Scimonster - Not a concern in my shul. The non-kosher ones are in the back row and the gartel is outside each of them, so it's clear that they're unusable. – DanF May 29 '14 at 19:27
Sounds more like a tircha d'gabbai issue ;-). But seriously, your argument is that they don't have someone to prepare the Torah between days. They can deal with that however they find appropriate for the person. A shul needs 3 to run an uninterrupted Shabbos service all potential days of the year (except for a shul that reads the Nassi from the Sefer Torah after davening - they could use 4). – Yishai May 29 '14 at 19:47
@Yishai - Sounds more like a tircha d'gabbai issue ;-). - Actually, it's tircha d'Ba'al Kri'ah - It sems that I'm the only person in the shul that can locate where to roll things to. It's tircha d'tzibbur because G-d forbid they should have to wait an extra few minutes to eat their herring & kugel ;-& – DanF May 29 '14 at 20:12
@DanF The Torah's should all be rolled to the correct spots before prayers start because of Tircha deTzibbura. – Double AA May 29 '14 at 20:32

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