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The Ba'er Heiteiv and the Mishnah Brurah (Orach Chayim 104, 2 in the BH, 9 in the MB) say העולם חושבים זה קצת למצוה that the people consider opening the ark to be somewhat of a mitzvah. In context, they say that if one is finished with Shmone Esrei and has said the pasuk "Yihyu l'ratzon imrei fi", but has not yet stepped out of position at Oseh Shalom, he ...


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If there's a Torah reading, give her an aliyah, and afterwards do a Mi SheBerach prayer. The usual one blesses the person "for coming up for the honor of the Torah", but add in "and for saving lives with her blood." Or if she doesn't want an aliyah, have someone else do the aliyah, and include in their Mi Sheberach a blessing for Ms. So-and-so in honor of ...


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As the comments have indicated, this is a judgment call. Rabbi Moshe Feinstein allows a synagogue to give an aliyah to someone who does not personally practice all the mitzvahs (though he writes it is not preferable). (He feels that the card-carrying Reform rabbis of several decades ago, however, did not believe in the sanctity of the Torah being read and ...


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As far as I know there is no official order, you can do it in any order that you prefer.


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Honors available at a weekday morning service on a Monday or Thursday are, in order: Leading the service Opening the ark Aliyot (three available) Lifting the Torah (possibly not a good idea if she's still weak) Rolling the Torah back up Tikkun Any of these honors would work. Aliyot work well because they're most clearly "awards" and it gives you a chance ...


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After the Amida on Kol Nidrei night, there are a few paragraphs of Selichot that are said. The 3rd or 4th starts with the words Omnon Ken - and the Aaron HaKodesh is opened while saying it - hence "pesicha of Omnon Ken". It's on page 175 of the Interlinear ArtScroll Yom Kippour Machzor, Ashkenaz edition.


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After decades after observing what goes on, it seems that the order of Kibudim varies by community. While most people treat מסדר קידושין as the top Kibbud, sometimes it belongs to the local Rabbi, irrelevant of who else is in attendance. Spot number 2 has 3 contenders: קריאת כתובה, First 2 ברכות and Last Bracha. There's another Kibud (location dependent) ...


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According to my professor, there are at least two orthodox Jews who were knighted with the consent of their rabbis, provided they recite a short prayer--"Blessed art thou G-d who shares his power with men," or something to that effect. I don't think the precedent set by Mordecai should necessarily be interpreted as a law to be applied to all Jews in all ...


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Just be careful not to mess up the grammatical references. Sometimes the gabbai will say העולה ואת אשתו פב"פ ואת אביו פב"פ ואת אמו פב"פ ואת בנו פב"פ ואת בנו פב"פ At a certain point it becomes very unclear who the 'his' is referring to. Is it the father's son? The son's son's son? The gabbai should either switch to saying ואת בן העולה פב"פ or group the ...



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