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In a number of shuls that I have attended, I have noticed that the congregation stands for certain sections of Torah readings. Specifically:

  • Aseret Hadvarim - The 10 Commandments
  • Az Yashir (song at the sea)
  • Parshat Zachor (when read only on parshat Zachor)
  • The last verse of each book of the Torah prior to saying "Chazak..."
  • When a Bar Mitzvah boy reads maftir

I see that we do have a question related to the 10 commandments, so you don't need to address this. Is there any source or precedent for standing in any of the other occasions that I mentioned? Or is just a specific shul minhag?

  • You already answered Az Yashir. – DonielF Jan 17 at 16:35
  • @Doniel that’s talking about Az Yashir recited as part of pesukei dezimra, not keriat hatorah – Joel K Jan 17 at 16:42
  • @JoelK I know. But if you actually read the quote you’ll see that he addresses Kri’as HaTorah at the very beginning. – DonielF Jan 17 at 16:52
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    Never saw it for a bar mitzva boy, not saying it doesn't exist, just that it is not a widespread minyan at least in Europe and Israel (or where I was in the US) – mbloch Jan 17 at 17:20
  • Note there is a controversy whether one should stand for special parts of the Torah (see e.g., bottom of here) based on the concern people will think some sections are more important than others – mbloch Jan 17 at 17:22

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