The Be'er Heitev in OH 428(7) brings the custom to arrange the aliyos in Parshas Ki Sisa so that the story of the Cheit Haegel is read during the Levi aliyah.

גם נוהגין לקרות ללוי פ' העגל וקורין אותה בקול נמוך עכ''ל

The result is that the aliyos are hugely skewed to the first two, which end up being like two-thirds of the parsha.
I seem to recall that in Rav Feivel Cohen's kehillah a"h, the baal korei himself was a Levi, and they announced that for that reason they weren't going to do it that way. Some source was given which I don't remember. Has anyone seen a source for that?

  • I don't know why it matters who the Baal Kriya is, but if you happen to have no leviim etc. the old breaks are judaism.stackexchange.com/q/81083/759
    – Double AA
    Mar 15, 2023 at 22:16
  • Why would the Baal Koreh being a Levi make a difference? Do you mean that he would be given that Aliyah as well? Mar 16, 2023 at 16:23
  • @sabbahillel No, he could not be given that aliyah (or aliyos, if they are broken into several - see DbAA's list above), since he's a Levi and those are later. But as for why it makes a difference, I had a fuzzy picture that it's similar to the usual case where the ba'al korei is not a Levi and the oleh is. Gotta have a Levi there. - But a source is needed.
    – MichoelR
    Mar 16, 2023 at 16:38


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