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Megillah 32a:

Megillah 32a:38-44:

כל האוחז ספר תורה ערום נקבר ערום ערום סלקא דעתך אלא אימא נקבר ערום בלא מצות בלא מצות סלקא דעתך אלא אמר אביי נקבר ערום בלא אותה מצוה

Whoever takes hold of a scroll of the Torah without a covering (naked) is buried naked. Naked! Do you really think? Rather say: naked without mitzvoth. Without mitzvot! Do you really think? Rather Abaye said: He is buried naked without that mitzvah.

This seems to be the source for prohibiting touching the bare Torah parchment with one's hands, and why many Torah readers use a yad (pointer).

I have seen many people, myself included, during many years, touching (and reading from) a bare Megillah. Are we mistaken? If not, I am curious why the prohibition is only for the Torah and not for touching a bare Megillah?

Megillah 32a:

כל האוחז ספר תורה ערום נקבר ערום ערום סלקא דעתך אלא אימא נקבר ערום בלא מצות

Whoever takes hold of a scroll of the Torah without a covering (naked) is buried naked. Naked! Do you really think? Rather say: naked without mitzvoth.

This seems to be the source for prohibiting touching the bare Torah parchment with one's hands, and why many Torah readers use a yad (pointer).

I have seen many people, myself included, during many years, touching (and reading from) a bare Megillah. Are we mistaken? If not, I am curious why the prohibition is only for the Torah and not for touching a bare Megillah?

Megillah 32a:

Megillah 32a:38-44:

כל האוחז ספר תורה ערום נקבר ערום ערום סלקא דעתך אלא אימא נקבר ערום בלא מצות בלא מצות סלקא דעתך אלא אמר אביי נקבר ערום בלא אותה מצוה

Whoever takes hold of a scroll of the Torah without a covering (naked) is buried naked. Naked! Do you really think? Rather say: naked without mitzvoth. Without mitzvot! Do you really think? Rather Abaye said: He is buried naked without that mitzvah.

This seems to be the source for prohibiting touching the bare Torah parchment with one's hands, and why many Torah readers use a yad (pointer).

I have seen many people, myself included, during many years, touching (and reading from) a bare Megillah. Are we mistaken? If not, I am curious why the prohibition is only for the Torah and not for touching a bare Megillah?

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Megillah 32a:

כל האוחז ספר תורה ערום נקבר ערום ערום סלקא דעתך אלא אימא נקבר ערום בלא מצות

Whoever takes hold of a scroll of the Torah without a covering (naked) is buried naked. Naked! Do you really think? Rather say: naked without mitzvoth.

This seems to be the source for prohibiting touching the bare Torah parchment with one's hands, and why many Torah readers use a yad (pointer).

I have seen many people, myself included, during many years, touching (and reading from) a bare Megillah. Are we mistaken? If not, I am curious why the prohibition is only for the Torah and not for touching a bare Megillah?

Megillah 32a:

כל האוחז ספר תורה ערום נקבר ערום ערום סלקא דעתך אלא אימא נקבר ערום בלא מצות

Whoever takes hold of a scroll of the Torah without a covering (naked) is buried naked. Naked! Do you really think? Rather say: naked without mitzvoth.

This seems to be the source for prohibiting touching the bare Torah parchment with one's hands, and why many Torah readers use a yad (pointer).

I am curious why the prohibition is only for the Torah and not for touching a bare Megillah?

Megillah 32a:

כל האוחז ספר תורה ערום נקבר ערום ערום סלקא דעתך אלא אימא נקבר ערום בלא מצות

Whoever takes hold of a scroll of the Torah without a covering (naked) is buried naked. Naked! Do you really think? Rather say: naked without mitzvoth.

This seems to be the source for prohibiting touching the bare Torah parchment with one's hands, and why many Torah readers use a yad (pointer).

I have seen many people, myself included, during many years, touching (and reading from) a bare Megillah. Are we mistaken? If not, I am curious why the prohibition is only for the Torah and not for touching a bare Megillah?

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Difference between touching a naked Torah vs. a naked Megillah

Megillah 32a:

כל האוחז ספר תורה ערום נקבר ערום ערום סלקא דעתך אלא אימא נקבר ערום בלא מצות

Whoever takes hold of a scroll of the Torah without a covering (naked) is buried naked. Naked! Do you really think? Rather say: naked without mitzvoth.

This seems to be the source for prohibiting touching the bare Torah parchment with one's hands, and why many Torah readers use a yad (pointer).

I am curious why the prohibition is only for the Torah and not for touching a bare Megillah?