(This is a question based on an event. A shaaloh was asked. The object of the question is to examine the underlying reasons for the dinim in the situation.)

A family minyan meeting once only on Shabbos day, consists mainly of Kohanim and Leviim. There are enough others to give the following aliyos to the Torah: Kohen, Levi, Yisroel, Yisroel, Yisroel, Yisroel but there is no other Yisroel to make up the seven. There is a Levi for Maftir.

What are the factors that govern how the aliyos should be arranged?

Obviously the seventh must be a Kohen or Levi. Is it permitted to call him last?

  • If I recall correctly, the whole premise of Kohen->Levi->Yisrael ... was to minimize fights in normal circumstances. In an odd case like this, I think I'd heard you would do: Kohen, Levi, Yisrael, Kohen, Levi, Yisrael, Kohen [shvii], then whoever for Maftir. Assuming you have the right "manpower" for that lineup.
    – Shalom
    May 11, 2015 at 9:43
  • ואם יש שם ב׳ לויים או יותר ע ד ז׳ והשאר כהנים יקרא כהן ת חלה ואח״כ לוי וכן תמיד מפסיק לוי עד שכלו הלוים קורין הכהנים זא״ז (שע׳׳ש),
    – cham
    May 11, 2015 at 11:20
  • עיר שכולה לויים וששה ישראלים קורא לוי תחלה ואח״כ כל הישראלים זא״ז, ואי ליכא ששה ישראלים או שיש ב׳ ישראלים קורין לוי ואח״כ הישראלים כולם אם אין גדול ממנו בישראלים ואח״כ הלוים, ואי ליכא רק ישראל א חד יקרא הוא תחלה ואח״כ הלוים זא״ז (שע״ש
    – cham
    May 11, 2015 at 11:22
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    @cham I asked What are the factors that govern how the aliyos should be arranged? not "what should we do?" May 11, 2015 at 15:01

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A Kohen or Levi could be called to any of the later aliyot (but not the 3rd one).

One should also generally avoid calling up 2 kohanim or 2 levi'im in a row, as this may appear to question the lineage of the first one.

See the Shulchan Orech:


  • Perhaps my question, here, seems "trivial". Why can't you "recycle" one of the previous Yisra'elim? Is there any halacha that prevents a Yisra'el getting 2 consecutive aliyot or say, the shlishi getting shvi'i also?
    – DanF
    May 11, 2015 at 14:28
  • yes one doesnt give @DanF give two aliyot unless from a different sefer.
    – cham
    May 11, 2015 at 16:51
  • @cham I didn't know this rule. Is this listed in the same area in SA as in Cashcow's link, or do you have another source for this?
    – DanF
    May 11, 2015 at 16:54
  • @cham and the double kohen when there's no levi is an exception I presume?
    – andrewmh20
    Jul 5, 2016 at 3:35
  • @andrewmh20 yes actually. See the shulchan aruch mentioned above and mishna berurah there. I remember a similar story happened to me and my family. We are all Leviim, we made a davening at home and didnt have enough "commonfolk" around. A shayla was asked and we were told to restart the order again. So it worked out like this (we had 3 yisroelim) kohen, levi, yisroel, yisroel, kohen, levi, yisroel. And for maftir anyone can go
    – Mennyg
    Jul 5, 2016 at 21:02

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