In the section starting "יוצר אור" at Shacharis, there is a kedusho. When it is said, most people are sitting. I have seen some people who raise themselves slightly as if to get out of their seats for the pessukim of the kedusho.

Is there a source for this behaviour?

  • I think I have seen sefardim do this though I'm not sure. Which type of shul have you seen this Mar 15, 2015 at 12:50
  • Ashkenazi - laymen. Mar 15, 2015 at 13:32
  • IIRC, the first "kedushah" is explicitly supposed to be said sitting - it's a statement of the malachim and not our action. The middle one (during ChzHaSha"tz) must be said while standing, since it's the kedusha of klal yisroel, and the last one (during ashrei -uva litzion) may be said either sitting or standing. People who rise a little at the first kedusha do so out of it's connection to the one during shemonah esrei, but I don't think there is any source that says one should do so... Mar 15, 2015 at 18:19
  • @IsaacKotlicky I have also seen that the first "kedushah" is explicitly supposed to be said sitting and therefore worry that the "attempt to stand" is misguided. Mar 15, 2015 at 20:36

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According to Shulchan Aruch Harav (OC 59:2) this behavior would appear to be incorrect:

וכשעונין קדושה זו בצבור יש לענות בקול רם ויש לומר אותה מיושב ולא שישב אם היה עומד אלא שאם היה יושב אין לו לעמוד לקדושה זו כמו לקדושה שבתפלה

And when saying this kedusha in public, it should be answered in a loud voice. He should say it while seated, not that he should sit down if he was standing, but that if he were sitting he should not stand for this kedusha as he would for the kedusha in the Amidah.

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