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wikipedia: A yad (Hebrew: יד‎) (Yiddish: האַנט), literally, "hand," is a Jewish ritual pointer, popularly known as a Torah pointer, used by the reader to follow the text during the Torah reading from the parchment Torah scrolls. Beyond its practical usage, the yad ensures that the parchment is not touched during the reading. There are several ...


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I have seen this practice in action in a Yemenite shul in Rosh Ha'ayin, Israel. I got called up for an 'aliya, and the gabbai leined on my behalf, but I was the ignorant exception. They also had a boy reading Targum after (if I recall correctly) each 'aliya.


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I don't know about whether such a practice technique is permissible, but I'd recommend against it for other reasons. Unfortunately, due to Torah-readers' habit of singing "Amen" as an introduction to their reading, they sometimes end up delaying this response until too long after the blessing it's responding to. (The response is supposed to be "immediate" ...


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Because the Halacha is that you can sit (and such was the custom in the majority of synagogues in the period of the Rishonim), and everyone in a given place should follow the same custom. (Or Yitzchak 1:53)


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YUTorah.org has free, streaming Torah reading recordings by R' Jeremy Weider. He enunciates and intones extremely clearly. He performs the two features you're looking for: The masa'ot start at 06:00 in his Laining for Matot Mas`ei Part 4. 35:5, with the unusual trop, starts at 02:07 in his Laining for Matot Mas`ei Part 6.


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I heard from R. Nota Greenblatt, the posek of the South that if the baal korei has trouble reading the whole thing you can further subdivide the parsha, as the original enactment of krias hatorah wasnt to finish it each year.


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The Rama to Orach Chaim, 669:1 says to use one Sefer Torah for the first and third readings, and the other Sefer Torah for the second reading. במקום שאין להם רק שני ספרי תורה, קורין בראשונה "וזאת הברכה", ובשנייה "בראשית", וחוזרים ולוקחים הראשונה לעניינו של יום; וכן עושין כל מקום דבעינן שלושה ספרי תורה, ואין להם רק שתיים


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The Mishna Berura (142:8) describes this practice and recommends it if no one in the shul knows how to lein. Note that later commentaries on the Mishna Berura (I don't have this in front of me at the moment, so I can't quote the source) clarify that the reader must still look at every word inside the Torah - otherwise it is not considered reading. ...


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I heard from R. Nota Greenblatt (the eminent posek of Memphis and the greater South) that since the original enactment to read the Torah did not include the familiar rate of once a year, that in a case of need e.g. the baal korei has difficulty reading the whole parsha, then one could finish the Torah less frequently. He implied that one would not even need ...


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In terms of the history of division of Aliyot, you should see Ilana Katzenellenbogen's survey article in Sinai 119 (1998), pp. 224-45. She looks at 33 different division customs from the last 1000 years from around the Jewish world and compiles a ~10 page chart with all the different variants from "our common custom" (OCC). Her conclusions are (summarized ...


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The Mishna Berurah in siman 139 #16 makes a distinction between someone who started to finish the bracha by saying the name of Hashem in ברוך אתה ה׳ נותן התורה or not. If he did not say Hashem's name of the finishing bracha yet, he stops and says אשר בחר בנו. If he has already said that Shem Hashem, he finishes that bracha, the Torah is read, and ...


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You're understating the facts when you say that "we are not supposed to learn Torah, in general from afternoon of Erev Tish'a B'av until after chatzot of Tish'a B'av": we're not allowed until nightfall. Source: Mishna B'rura 554:1. But someone who will read the Torah, even the afternoon reading, is allowed to review it. Source: MB 554:8.


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Say first passuk three times in the "Chumash side" Say it once in the "Torah side" 2a. If you have it, proceed to step 3 2b. If not, repeat steps 1 and 2 until you have it Learn the next passuk, using steps 1 and 2 Once you've learned five pessukim like that, read them all in the Torah side, once 4a. Fix any problems with those five pessukim At the end of ...


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There was a case with a group of shochtim who could not get a minyon for Shacharis on a Monday or Thursday. They were able to meet during their lunch break to have a minyon to lein. Update: Found this reference Can the Torah be read in shul if a minyan is present after the point in the service designated for Torah reading? One Monday there was a mess up ...


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I believe that @YeZ is correct. When I lived in Washington Heights (upper Manhattan, NYC), I occasionally attended Cong. Sha'arei Hatikvah, which, I understand, still exists in the same location - across the street from the G.W. Bridge Bus terminal. They were "staunchly" Yekke. All 'ayins were pronounced as you describe, and the Chazan would say "Elokei ...


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The 3rd Aliyah must be given to a Yisrael if there is one present (assuming that the first two went to Kohen and Levi). See Shulchan Aruch, 135:3. (Link at the bottom) Subsequently on a day when more than 3 people are called up, the later aliyot can go to anyone but the normal minhag is to give them only to Yisraelim and to add extra ones on a Shabbat or ...


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A couple of other tweaks (though not the one you're discussing): Divvy up the parsha among many readers -- seven is the floor, not the ceiling. This is huge, instead of exhausting one poor baal kriah week after week. Have someone prompt the baal kriah with what to say -- or even have him pause and someone whispers each verse to him. (Some places have ...


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Encyclopedia Yeudis says in the name of the Kalbo that there are 7 Brachos for the Haftora against the seven who had Aliyos. It says that the Brachos are mentioned in Mesechtas Sofrim 13. המפטיר מברך שבע ברכות על ההפטרה נגד שבעה העולים לס"ת (כלבו) במס' סופרים (פי"ג) נרשמו הברכות שאומרים לפני ואחרי ההפטרה (ויש שינויים בסדור רב עמרם גאון), ומסיים "בא"י ...


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The Aruch Hashulchan (154:5) (as cited here) writes that technically a yad would not have been considered a tashmish kedusha if that had been its sole function. However, the custom is (and was) to also hang it from the Torah as a decoration. Therefore, it is considered a tashmish kedusha with all the attendant restrictions, such as requiring "sheimos geniza" ...


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שערי אפרים‎ 4:4 says to do so when saying "ונתן לנו את תורתו" and "אשר נתן לנו תורת אמת" in the blessings. I'm guessing people got confused.


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They are still pretty punctilious about using this pronunciation at Congregation Shearith Israel, the Spanish and Portuguese synagogue on the Upper West Side.


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I use what i call the "brute force" method, because i don't "chunk" it at all. What i do is: Read the whole aliyah a few times on the chumash side of the tikkun. Start looking on the Torah side; check back to the chumash side often. (repeat a couple times) Try reading the whole thing only on the Torah side, but don't cover the chumash yet, in case i need a ...


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The Zilberman Cheder in the Old City of Yerushalayim printed a seperate volume for each Neviim and Kesuvim without any trop or nekudos.


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The Kli Yakar says that it is to emphasize that the verse stands alone - it is telling us that Hashem spoke to Moshe by day, and not at night, unlike all the other prophets.


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Besides dividing it in chunks, as mentioned in other answers, I also record myself after I'm mostly clear, to see if i made any silly OR tricky mistakes, including in the intonation or grammar.


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I know of no specific halacha or custom that would prevent a Bar Mitzvah boy from reading the Tochacha. I've seen several B'nai Mitzvha read the entire pasrha Ki Tavo on their Bar Mitzvah Shabbat, and no one thought this being any different from any other Bar Mitzvah Shabbat. As a Ba'al Kri'ah, I think that if reading the Tochacha is a challenge for the Bar ...


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Paragraph 1 of your question quotes Rambam Hilchot Tefilla 12:11. This refers to reading the Torah as is seen from the first halocho: Tefilah and Birkat Kohanim - Chapter Thirteen Halacha 1 Moses, our teacher, ordained that the Jews should read the Torah publicly on the Sabbath and on Monday and Thursday mornings, so the [people] would never have ...


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Had it been that the one reading out of a chumash reads first, and afterwards the other reads out of the Torah, it should be fine. See Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim siman 141 siff 3. For clarification, see the Biur Halacha who ends up explaining that the Makrei is the one reading out of a chumash, and the Olah is the one reading the Torah. He starts off by ...


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Megillas Ester is actually the only exception to the normal rule that you must hear only the voice of the reader (OK, Hallel also, but no one fulfills Hallel by listening nowadays). Megillah 21b: תנו רבנן בתורה אחד קורא ואחד מתרגם ובלבד שלא יהא אחד קורא ושנים מתרגמין ובנביא אחד קורא ושנים מתרגמין ובלבד שלא יהו שנים קורין ושנים מתרגמין ובהלל ובמגילה ...


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אמן יתומה typically means waiting too long to respond to Amen after berachah has been given. I think your case is similar to אמן יתומה since it is an Amen which is not connected to any berachah. The focus of your Amen during a real aliyah is that you are sharing the beracha with the oleh. Originally, each oleh read his own aliyah, and so he said a beracha ...



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