Is it considered a hefsek for the Ba'al Kore to say חזק חזק ונתחזק, and, if it's not an interruption, is there a different problem because he is saying something which is not written in the Torah?

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    Are yoy talking about where the Ba'al Keriyah is the Oleh as well? Otherwise what is he being mafsik? – Double AA Jul 20 '12 at 18:13
  • Even if he isn't the oleh, is there be a problem if he is saying something (other than amen to the oleh's bracha) which isn't written in the torah? I was assuming that the oleh does not say חזק חזק ונתחזק in any event. – wizlog Jul 20 '12 at 18:20
  • That's your second question, which is a good one. I'm not seeing the first question unless he is the Oleh himself. – Double AA Jul 20 '12 at 18:22
  • I guess I always thought that since the ba'al koreh is the agent of the oleh, even if he wasn't the oleh, this could be considered a hefsek. – wizlog Jul 20 '12 at 18:23
  • @DoubleAA Is it worth asking the question in the case where the Ba'al Keriyah is the Oleh as well? – Avrohom Yitzchok May 2 '13 at 22:10

Rabbi Moshe Stern ("The Debreziner") in Shaalos U'Teshuvos Beer Moshe 3:28:2 says that the one getting the Aliyah should not say Chazak as it is an interruption.

However, per Otzar Minhagei Chabad everyone says Chazak including the one who got the Aliyah.

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