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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?

  • How could you possibly have an Aliyah that the reader can't get? What did they do before those jobs were separated? – Double AA Jul 13 '14 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 – הנער הזה Jul 13 '14 at 16:37
  • @DoubleAA and this question: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/6170/… doesn't ask for the earliest source – הנער הזה Jul 13 '14 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 Jul 14 '14 at 6:34
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The Rivevos Ephraim 2:98 holds its a hefsek and he should not be the Baal koreh for this aliah.

Halachicly speaking has alot of sources on this,including this one.

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