When there are two or three sifrei torah read on the same day, either the magbiah or golel holds the first sefer while the second is read. In this case should he stand for…

  1. kadish after reading from the second sefer?
  2. Hagbah for the second sefer?

I have no halachik reason to think he should/shouldn’t, I just think that I’ve seen most people sit through both and I can’t figure out why.

There have been a bunch of suggestions in the comments section that he doesn't stand out of respect to the second sefer (Why should one have to stand for the other?). I like the answer, but if some sort of authoritative source could be found that would be better.

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    I've never seen the golel hold it.
    – Double AA
    Apr 9, 2012 at 22:54
  • I did this morning (as in I did gelilah and then held the torah) and i've seen it before Apr 10, 2012 at 0:03
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    I agree it's certainly possible. I imagine the reason he doesn't stand is it wouldn't be kavod to the first Torah to move it because of the second Torah. Why is one better than the other? Also, you might think that the first one is pasul or something.
    – Double AA
    Apr 10, 2012 at 0:07
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    @Community Sure there can be, such as weekday Chol HaMoed Pesach or a weekday Rosh Chodesh Tevet.
    – Double AA
    Apr 15, 2012 at 21:44
  • @Double AA- There can be what? Apr 16, 2012 at 0:49

2 Answers 2


The Chidah in Shu"t Chaim Sha'al 1:71:2 brings down that if one is sitting and holding a sefer Torah and a Rebbe passes by one should not get up.

Also, I believe if one sits with a Torah during hakafos it is fine.

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    The Steipler in his old age would hold a mini-Torah during Hakafot, so that he may sit while other Sifrei Torah were circling.
    – Barry
    Apr 19, 2012 at 17:44

In sefer Tshuvos Avigdor Halevi (Rav Nebontzal) page 181:46 he was asked does the one who did hagbah have to stand when the shatz says kaddish after uvo l'tzion(sefard) if he always stands? He answers no since the Torah does not have to get up.


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