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The raising of the Torah scroll, as part of the Torah reading service.

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Reason behind pinky during hagba

Why do people lift their pinkies during Hagba?
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What's a good technique for a not-so-strong person to do [Ashkenazi] Hagbaha?

I've seen many people shy away when asked to do Hagbaha (‏הגבהה‏), thinking themselves too weak. I know for a fact that it doesn't take that much strength to do it correctly, so I'd love to see a ...
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How does Hagbahah work on a Sephardic Torah case?

How does one do Hagbahah on a Torah in a Sephardic Torah case, such as one of these silver cases (picture courtesy of Hadad Brothers) : See also the Ashkenazi version of this question.
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Does golel for first torah stand for second torah?

When there are two or three sifrei torah read on the same day, either the magbiah or golel holds the first sefer while the second is read. In this case should he stand for… kadish after reading from ...
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Source for removing tefillin straps from your hands for hagbah

I was told by many people that, if one is wearing tefillin, he should remove the straps of tefillin from his hand before lifting the Torah for hagbah so that they are not in the same place as the ...
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How to display the Torah when doing hagbah

I have seen several methods of how to show the open Torah to the congregation when doing (Ashkenazi) hagbah. The simplest is to lift the Torah, turn in a full 360 degree circle, and then sit down. I ...
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Proper Hagba Procedure: Text Facing Table?

I recently was asked to be a magbiah. Before I came to the bimah, the chazzan turned the scroll so that the text was facing down (toward the table). So, when I grasped the atzey chaim and lifted it, ...
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Repeated Hagbah by the same individual

From this question, it's clear that there is a halachic requirement to do a "good" hagbah. This one emphasizes that, by saying that a gabbai who knows the individual can't do a good job shouldn't ...
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Standing up for Hagbah

Why do we do Hagbah, and does the congregation have to stand for Hagbah?
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How can I practice doing hagba?

Do to its weight, lifting a sefer torah can be challenging without proper technique. Practicing on an actual sefer torah isn't an option for most people due to lack of access. (Most synagogues would ...
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Lechatchila (To begin with) can the gabbai call someone to do Hagbah when he knows that person will not display the ktav (writing)

From what I can glean from this question, I understand that it is a halachic requirement than when doing Hagbah, the congregation must see the writing (based on Ashkenazic style Hagbah.) My shul ...
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Hagbah of the Yemenites (Temanim)

I was learning in a sefer which discusses a case where they couldn't do hagbah, and the Mechaber suggested to do the hagbah like the Teimanim which is to leave it on table in some way, but I didn't ...
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standing during gelilah

I've noticed that people usually stay standing after hagbah until the Torah is dressed, even after the magbia sits down. Is there a mekor for this practice, or is it muttar to sit once the magbia ...
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Hagba when rolling Sefer Torah

On special occasions, multiple Torah portions are read in a given service ie. Mishpatim and Shekalim. When multiple Sifrei Torah are available, a different Sefer is used for each portion, and each ...
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The Practice of Hagbaah [closed]

I have a two part question: When the scroll is elevated before the Torah is read, should the Sefer be placed on the bimah as it is (open) in preparation for the first aliyah, or should it be closed? ...
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Hagbaha on simchas Torah

After the hakafos on simchas Torah many shuls who have a big congregation will split up and have simultaneous reading groups so everyone in the shul can get an aliyah (which is the custom). My ...
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What is the origin of the "reverse" hagbah? [duplicate]

I have seen in a few shuls people perform a "reverse" hagbah on Simchat Torah. The way this is done is that the person crosses his hands placing his right hand on the left etz chayim ("scroller") and ...
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Two Torahs vs. Tircha Detzibbur [duplicate]

I understand that the main reason for taking out 2 Torah scrolls on a Shabbat when the Maftir portion is not the last few verses of the weekly reading, is to avoid Tircha Detzibbur ("burdening the ...
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Touching the Klaf of the Torah not while reading it

Is there a distinction made between during Torah reading and not during Torah reading in regards to the halacha to not touch the klaf (parchment) of a Torah scroll directly? I have seen people use ...
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Yehi Ratzon's after Hagba on Monday & Thursday

On Monday and Thursday after Hagba on days that Tachnun is said, the Chazan says aloud a few Yehi Ratzon's immediately after Hagba was done while Gelila is still being done. Suppose the Chazan had ...
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Where to place the tie/wrap when doing Gelilah

We were taught as kids that when doing Gelilah (for an Ashkenazi Sefer Torah) that the tie/wrap around the Sefer Torah should be in the upper-third of the Sefer Torah similar to a Mezuzah should be in ...
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When did the custom of using 2 people for hagbah and gelilah begin?

Megillah 32a says: עשרה שקראו בתורה הגולל ספר תורה קיבל שכר כולן If ten have read from the Torah (meaning that at least ten verses have been read; not that there was a minyan of at least 10 ...
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Is gelilah like getting all the aliyah

when I was younger one of my rabbi's told be that gelilah is like u get all the aliyah. I am wondering what the source on this if this is true?
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Direction to locate the Torah seam

O.C. (location will be edited later) says that prior to hagbah (Torah lifting), the magbihah should roll the Torah so that the seam separating two pieces of parchment will be in the center when he ...
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Practical way to perform hagbah according to O.C. 134:2

While answering another M.Y. question, I read O.C. 134:2 that mentions the proper way to do hagbah (Torah lifting). It says to show first the congregation on the right (meaning you turn to your left), ...
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Is there a source which states that the Baal Koreh should accompany the Sefer Torah back to the Ark?

Shulchan Oruch O Ch 23 149 (1) writes הגה - ובמקומות שמצניעין אותו בהיכל שהוא הארון בב"ה מצוה לכל מי שעוברת לפניו ללותה עד לפני הארון שמכניסין אותו שם [ד"ע ומהרי"ל] וכן הגולל ילך אחר הס"ת עד ...
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Pointing the pinky at v'zos hatorah [duplicate]

By v'zos hatorah (i.e hagbah) I have seen people point their pinky at the sefer torah. Is this a minhag or did someone just make it up? Where did this minhag come from? Does the Shulchan Aruch, ...
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Hagbah in a partitioned room

Over Yom Tov I was in a shul which was converted from a house into a shul. The sanctuary was divided by a walled staircase, such that one could not see from one part into the other, like so: | | ...
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Changing Hagba During Simchas Torah?

How can allusions to like "turn the Torah over because it's all in it" - הֲפֹךְ בָּהּ וַהֲפֹךְ בָּהּ, דְּכֹלָּא בָהּ [Avos 5:22]) justify putting the Torah at greater risk of falling or tearing by ...
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