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One is supposed to say Tachanun and cover their face while in the presence of a Torah scroll (SA 131:2 in Hagah). This is usually while it is still in the Aron. I once heard however that you shouldn't say Tachanun when the Torah scroll is out, especially during the Torah reading. Is this true? I didn't see this mentioned in SA or MB

  • Shouldn't say Tachanun at all or just say it while seated without falling forward? Please edit to clarify – Double AA May 1 '17 at 13:07
  • I believe I heard that covering your face in front of the sefer Torah is disrespectful, but like I said I don't know of any source. I would guess simply saying it during the Torah reading is inappropriate since everyone must listen to the Torah reading – robev May 1 '17 at 13:12
  • This may fall under the general concept that one should be listening to the Torah reading and not davening. Did you hear that the rule specifically mentions Tachanun? – DanF May 1 '17 at 16:22
  • Yes, and it was more the face covering while the Torah is out – robev May 1 '17 at 17:09
  • well you should be listening to leining... – Laser123 May 2 '17 at 3:45

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