The first two aliyot of Ki Tisa are very long. This is to ensure that a Levi has the aliyah about the golden calf, since his ancestors didn't participate.

Yesterday I was in a shul with no kohen. They didn't do anything special, they just gave a Levi the first aliyah and someone else the second. This defeats the purpose of the long aliyot.

I thought it would have made more sense to combine the first two aliyot into one super long one, and add another division later. This way a Levi would have the part about the eigel.

Has anyone ever seen this done or a source that recommends it?

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    Do you have a source for the reason the first two aliyot are so long?
    – Menachem
    Commented Mar 19, 2017 at 18:16
  • @Menachem no, unfortunately I don't remember
    – Heshy
    Commented Mar 19, 2017 at 19:00
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    Related? judaism.stackexchange.com/q/55982/5151
    – Scimonster
    Commented Mar 19, 2017 at 19:10
  • These long Aliyot are a later innovation. If you aren't going to give the Egel to a Levi might as well use the 'original' breaks
    – Double AA
    Commented Mar 20, 2017 at 14:10
  • @DoubleAA I agree in principle. In practice you don't always know in advance whether or not you'll have a Kohen there. If I were a gabbai on the spot I would have no idea where to find the original divisions. I suspect the gabbai in this case didn't think of either your suggestion or mine (or other creative options like giving the aliyah to a chalal, which would also be difficult in practice without embarrassing him).
    – Heshy
    Commented Mar 20, 2017 at 15:48


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