For Kol Nidre, Torah scrolls are removed from their cabinet and held at the reading table. I have heard people bless the people holding the scrolls with lange yaren, long years, i.e. a long life.

Similarly, on Simchas Tora, people walk/dance around the synagogue holding Torah scrolls. Again, I've heard people bless them with lange yaren.

Where does this come from and why is it done? (Obviously, it's always nice to bless people with long lives, but why is it done here specifically?)

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    No bless oblige – kouty Oct 30 '16 at 15:26
  • @kouty, I don't know what that means. – msh210 Oct 30 '16 at 17:55
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    noblesse oblige. sense of nobility obliges – kouty Oct 30 '16 at 18:10
  • would anyone care to comment on the correct form of this blessing, perhaps "צו לאַנגע יאָר"? – SAH Sep 12 '17 at 4:30
  • Never heard of this, but my guess is that since the honour could cause jealousy (and as a result Ayin Hora), one counters that by actively blessing the honorees. Just a guess. – Danny Schoemann Sep 12 '17 at 8:07

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