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I've heard that, when receiving the last aliyah in a particular sefer, the oleh (one who received the aliyah) should not say “chazak, chazak…” because it is a berachah given to him by the congregation and is a sofeik (doubt) for the oleh. For this reason the ba’al koreih (reader of the Torah) should never get these aliyos.

Where is the source for this?

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    How could you possibly have an Aliyah that the reader can't get? What did they do before those jobs were separated?
    – Double AA
    Commented Jul 13, 2014 at 16:34
  • @DoubleAA the custom saying of "chazak" at the end of the sefer probably came after the custom to split the roles of koreh and oleh. The earliest source I think is from the Maharam Mintz or someone of his era Commented Jul 13, 2014 at 16:37
  • @DoubleAA and this question: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/6170/… doesn't ask for the earliest source Commented Jul 13, 2014 at 16:40
  • "it is a berachah given to him by the congregation and is a sofeik (doubt) for the oleh": you mean it's doubtful whether he should bless himself? or what? That's very unclear.
    – msh210
    Commented Jul 14, 2014 at 6:34

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The Rivevos Ephraim 2:98 and 4:80 holds it's a hefsek and he should not be the Baal koreh for this aliah.

Halachicly speaking has a lot of sources on this, including this one.

See too Shevet Halevi 7:202:2 Mishneh Halachos 7:22 and Beer Moshe 3:28:2.

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