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At the end of each sefer we say chazak chazak v'nitchazeik -- leader first and then the congregation is what I've seen. There is some uncertainty in my mostly-lay-led minyan about exactly when and how this is done, and since it only happens five times a year and I'm mostly with that minyan, I haven't had the opportunity to see how others do it. I'll be the torah reader the next time this comes up (in two weeks), so I'd like to avoid the usual "um, do we do it now or...?" problem.

  1. Who says this -- the ba'al koreh, the oleh, or the sh'liach tzibbur?

  2. When is it said -- at the conclusion of the reading before the closing b'racha, or after the b'racha?

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From all the Ashkenazi shuls I have been to the custom is that the congregation rises right before the conclusion of the sefer(1 of the 5) and upon completion the congregation says chazak ,chazak,vnitchazek,and then the Baal koreh says it then the oleh says the bracha.

  • I thought that first the baal koreh says it, and after that the congregation does. – Scimonster Jul 13 '14 at 17:49
  • Never saw that,doesn't mean its not legitimate. – sam Jul 13 '14 at 18:16
  • Or perhaps I'm getting confused between reading to myself and in shul... – Scimonster Jul 13 '14 at 18:29
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    +1. Note that (in my experience, anyway) this is done after the last of the regular aliyos and not maftir. – msh210 Jul 14 '14 at 6:37
  • @Scimonster I'm assuming that the correct way is for the cong. to say it first. The Torah reading is for the congregation. The Torah reader is, in a sense, a shaliach. It would be interesting to find out if this may have changed prior to a designated Ba'al Kri'a. – DanF Nov 28 '17 at 18:02

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