After "leining" the Torah, we pick up the Torah scroll to show everyone. Why do we do this?
Is one permitted to talk during the communal Torah reading?
Why do people lift their pinkies during Hagba?
If I'm in synagogue and someone asks me if I can "open the Aron" or "take out the Sefer Torah," what will I be expected to do, and when?
Sometimes, our traditional approach to the reading includes having the congregation recite a short section of the reading aloud before the Torah reader does it, and then he follows. The most ...
What things should I know in advance in case I get called up for an aliya during a Torah-reading service?
I've seen many people shy away when asked to do Hagbaha (הגבהה), thinking themselves too weak. I know for a fact that it doesn't take that much strength to do it correctly, so I'd love to ...