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If one is offered an Aliya, can he give the honor to someone else? By “offered” I mean the Gabbai issues the Aliyas prior to the Torah service in the form of, say, a card with number of the Aliya printed on it. The recipient could of course accept the honor or decline it. If he accepts, can he make a unilateral decision to give the honor to someone else? Would the answer change if the Gabbai calls people to the bimah during the Torah reading?

  • Are you asking halachically, or about synagogue policy? – Alex Dec 22 '18 at 23:07
  • @alex. I mean halakhacally and ethically. If the answer depends on synagogue policy, I suppose you may have answered the question – JJLL Dec 22 '18 at 23:09
  • One is not supposed to refuse am aliyah, unless they would be embarrassed – sam Dec 22 '18 at 23:20
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    There are some people who cannot get (or to whom it's customary to not give) certain aliyos. For example, anyone immediately after his son got an aliya, or a non-Jew. The gabay is entrusted by the synagogue with ensuring such rules and customs are followed. The aliya honoree is not. Therefore, I'd say it's unwise and should be against synagogue policy for the honoree to pass the honor to someone of his choosing. I'm not sure whether this answers your question. – msh210 Dec 22 '18 at 23:29
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    It's a regular practice among mizrachim to bid on an aliyah and give it away to a friend. – Kazi bácsi Dec 23 '18 at 1:18

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