It is (at least) the Chabad custom that the Torah Reader takes the Aliya with the curses (tochacha) in Parshat Ki Tavo and Bechukotai. The reader ascends without being called and recites the blessings before and after. (See the Luach Colel Chabad).

What happens if the Torah Reader is a Kohen or a Levi? The curses don't appear in his Aliya! And, once a Yisroel is called to the Torah, we do not call a Levi for an Aliya.

Does someone else take the Aliyah? Do we let the Levi take it, since he is not being called?

  • Are there any Yisraelim in the room? :)
    – Double AA
    Aug 25, 2013 at 2:06
  • @DoubleAA: Who can read the Torah? In this case, no.
    – Menachem
    Aug 25, 2013 at 3:18

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The Minchas Elazar (Shu"t Minchas Elazar 1:66) discusses this case, and suggests as follows:

  • For Parshas Bechukosai, where the curses are closer to the beginning of the Parsha, the Baal Koreh can get Cohen, and read until after the curses.

  • For Parshas Ki Savo, where the curses are closer to the end of the Parsha, they should make the earlier Aliyos shorter, and read the curses as Achron

  • Does Acharon mean the 8th Aliya (what is usually maftir)? If so, does that mean that there is no repeating?
    – Menachem
    Aug 25, 2013 at 7:07
  • @Menachem That is how I understood it
    – Michoel
    Aug 25, 2013 at 8:01
  • Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/81053
    – msh210
    Mar 20, 2017 at 19:29
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    I assume "acharon" means an eighth aliya, preceding kadish and maftir. Many Hasidic groups have this every week as a matter of course, though I don't know whether Munkács is one of them, and many others are not averse to it.
    – msh210
    Mar 20, 2017 at 19:31
  • OK, Michoel ... what should they do if Behar / Bechotai are together? There is a general rule that the 4th aliyah should span both parshi'ot.
    – DanF
    May 15, 2017 at 19:25

I have been in a Shul where the Torah reader was a Levi and they made the curses Aliya into Acharon.

  • @Shmuel What Din is that? It's an explicit Mishna that permits it.
    – Double AA
    Aug 25, 2013 at 5:31
  • @DoubleAA IIRC, the Tzemach Tzedek said that the din in the mishna was only applicable when they had the Oleh doing the reading (And the Baal Kore reading under his breath helping him out). Aug 25, 2013 at 6:25

I have witnessed in Chabad Shuls where the Baal Koreh was a Cohen, that a Yisroel volunteered to take the aliyah without being called up.


The Mishna Brura 428:17 says a Cohen can read everything from the start of בחקתי through the end of the תוכחה as a single Aliyah; there is enough left to make six more Aliyos. For כי תבוא, he suggests making an Acharon (8 Aliyos instead of 7), and giving the Cohen the extra Aliya to include the תוכחה.

(He gives some more details in the Biur Halacha, including exact stopping places and dealing with a double parsha.)

This is the same suggestion later recorded in the Minchas Elazar, cited by another answer.

image of relevant section of משנה ברורה and ביאור הלכה

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