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):

  • Chazzan
  • Someone giving the Torah to him
  • Someone to open the ark
  • Rabbi
  • 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.)

  • Separate people to open the aron and take out the Torah? – Scimonster Jun 20 '17 at 15:17
  • Why is the Chazzan there? The Chazzan stands at the Amud. The whole point of having someone else go get the Torah is so he doesn't need to move. – Double AA Jun 20 '17 at 15:18
  • @DoubleAA, most schuls I've been to have the sha"tz go from the 'amud to the duchan to take the sefer. – Noach MiFrankfurt Jun 20 '17 at 23:47
  • @noach then what's the point of the other guy going up if the chazzan is going up anyway? – Double AA Jun 21 '17 at 0:01
  • @DoubleAA, to open the aron and remove the sefer/seforim therefrom – Noach MiFrankfurt Jun 21 '17 at 0:02

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