As I understand, only one person needs to be on the bimah to take out one Torah (as on most Shabbatot) from and return the Torah to the ark - the chazzan.
Is there a specific halacha that says that someone else should take it out and hand it to the chazzan?
In many shuls, I see a larger contingent as follows (to take out 1 Torah):
- Someone giving the Torah to him
- Someone to open the ark
- Shul president
Except for the rabbi, who is already sitting on the bimah, the others are not there, previously, and they go up to the bimah for the Torah service.
Is there any halacha stating how many people is excessive? (I'm not questioning why so many shuls have been doing this for some time. They have their reasons. I'm questioning if there is any halacha or a rabbinical opinion against doing this.)