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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


a yad is used because they do not want to damage the torah e.g. smudge the ink or rip the parchment. this is because it usually takes 5 years to write the torah because if you make one mistake it cannot be used.


See Dose of Halacha who brings various opinions on this debate: While many Achronim including R’ Moshe Feinstein (Igros Moshe OC 4:22) justify standing, R’ Ovadia Yosef (Yechaveh Daas 1:29) writes that had they seen Rambam’s responsum they wouldn’t have written what they did.

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