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


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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

  • What's the Safek? It'd clearly be permitted as Avelut beFarhesia
    – Double AA
    Jul 17, 2017 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, 2017 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. Jul 18, 2017 at 9:06

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