While someone is sitting shiva, are they allowed to be a ba'al koreh and read from the Torah, or is that considered simcha?


See Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 219:3 סימן ריט - דין אבלות בשבת ויום טוב that an Avel during Shiva should not be the Ba'al Koreh.

Whether this is simcha related is not mentioned.

הַמְמֻנֶּה מֵהַקָּהָל לִהְיוֹת קוֹרֵא בַתּוֹרָה בְבֵית הַכְּנֶסֶת בְּשַׁבָּת וְאֵרַע לוֹ אֵבֶל, לֹא יֵלֵךְ בְּשַׁבָּת שֶׁבְּתוֹךְ שִׁבְעָה לְבֵית כְּנֶסֶת זֶה. כִּי אִם יִהְיֶה שָׁם, יֵש לְהִסְתַּפֵּק אִם יִקְרָא אוֹ לֹא‏

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  • What's the Safek? It'd clearly be permitted as Avelut beFarhesia – Double AA Jul 17 '17 at 13:01
  • BTW (for OP),when I was an aveil, my rav said that I shouldn't read on Monday / Thursday either. However, there is obviously a different reasoning than public mourning, as one does express public mourning during the weekdays. I'll have to research this aspect a bit further. – DanF Jul 17 '17 at 15:32
  • @DanF - during the week an Avel is not allowed to learn (non-mourning-related parts of) Torah. Krias HaTorah included; he can't even be given an Aliya. – Danny Schoemann Jul 18 '17 at 9:06
  • @DannySchoemann Actually, O.C. says that bedi'eved an avel may receive an liyah. E.g., if they called him or if he is the only Kohen or Levi. – DanF Jul 18 '17 at 14:07
  • Still need to research if this is related to Simcha, unless you want to delete that aspect from your question. – DanF Jul 18 '17 at 14:08

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