I understand that Yemenite congregations still use a metargem - a person who translates each Torah verse being read into Targum Onkelos. (The metargem was much more common centuries ago.)

O.C. 585:5 says that one can fulfill one of the mikrah obligations by reading together with the Torah reader during the Shabbat Torah service. (See Mishnah Berurah note #14 for dissenting opinions.)

Can the metargem ,assuming that he has already done the 2 Mikrah part (see a previous par. in the same chapter of O.C. that says that one must already complete the 2 mikrah before doing Targum.) similarly, fulfill the targum obligation at that time?

  • Do you mean a congregant reading along? It never says the Torah reader fulfills while reading in the Torah. Just that someone can read along. – Double AA Jun 30 '17 at 18:05
  • Why would you think he can't? Doesn't the Shulchan Arukh you cite even explicitly say so "One can fulfill the obligation of 2 Mikra + 1 Targum during the Torah reading time"? – Double AA Jun 30 '17 at 18:06
  • @DoubleAA "It never says the Torah reader fulfills while reading in the Torah". Indeed, it does not. But, since the reader is reading for the congregation, he is actually doing Mikrah. It seems obvious that he would be fulfilling that obligation via his own reading, already. I have to reread O.C. to address your 2nd question. – DanF Jun 30 '17 at 18:17

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