Questions tagged [torah-reading]

reading from the Torah scroll (reading and blessings)

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What is meant by “congregational honor” regarding disallowing women reading the Torah publically?

The Talmud Bavli (Megillah 23a) says that while, if a woman read from the Torah it counts towards the required 7 aliyot, the chachamim disallowed it because of kavod hatzibbur - the respect for the ...
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May a woman be a Ba'alat Kriah (Torah reader) if no men know how? [duplicate]

I am a bit unclear regarding the full applications of kavod hatzibbur as it regards women being involved in certain aspects of prayer. I gather that one application of this rule disallows women from ...
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Difference of leining between Israel and Chutz Laaretz in 5779 [duplicate]

As anyone may know, because the last day of Pesach in chutz laarets fall out on Shabbat we read the special parsha for the 8th day of Pesach while in Israel since it wasn't Pesach anymore, they read ...
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When the kree and ksiv sound identical, does intending the ksiv invalidate the reading?

We always read the k’ree. If one read the k’siv instead of the k’ree the reading is invalid and has to be repeated. O Ch 142(8) MB[27] In B’har (25:30) the k’ree and the k’siv are phonetically ...
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Why was the written Torah written down at all [duplicate]

If we know the explanation of all of the Mitzvos from the Oral Tradition (https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/901656/jewish/Introduction-to-Mishneh-Torah.htm) what's the purpose of the ...
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Doesn't the Torah set the standard of politeness?

Two of the curses in Ki Tavo are: -You shall betroth a wife, and another man will rape her. [Deut. 28:30] -The Lord will strike you with... hemorrhoids. [Deut. 28:27] But the Talmud instructs ...
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Why the Torah is not read in public every day?

Following my previous question, the Prophets (Moses) commanded the Jewish nation to read the Torah in public three days a week (B"K 82a): עמדו נביאים שביניהם ותיקנו להם שיהו קורין בשבת ומפסיקין ...
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“Importance” of certain aliyot

I occasionally schmooze with a Bucharian guy at work. He tells me that in his shul, certain aliyot are considered "more important" or "prized aliyot" than others. All the aliyot are sold each week (he ...
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Nature of the minyan for reading Zachor

According to some opinions (see Shulchan Aruch OC 146:2 and 685:7; and others), one is obligated to hear parashat Zachor read among a minyan, but one can (and must) read it without a minyan if there ...
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Do any sources discuss reading Megillas Ester too fast?

I remember seeing a source explaining that ideally Megilla should be read somewhat fast because it is called "iggeret" (a letter), and letters are read at fast speed out loud. I've also heard the ...
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Adding to Torah reading?

In meseches megillah (22A) sefaria translation: מיתיבי פרשה של ששה פסוקים קורין אותה בשנים ושל חמשה פסוקים ביחיד קרא ראשון שלשה השני קורא שנים מפרשה זו ואחד מפרשה אחרת ויש אומרים שלשה לפי שאין ...
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Why does the number of letters Vav in name Achashverosh vary?

Why does Megillas Esther spell Achashverosh's name varyingly with one (as in 2:21), two (as in 1:1), and zero (as in 10:1) letters Vav?
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Congregational standing during Torah reading

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 ...
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Which verses in Az Yashir get the special tune? [duplicate]

I hope the title is phrased well. This week, being Shabbat Shira, we read Az Yashir ("Song by the sea"). I have been laining this for many years. There are certain verses that are read with a special ...
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What rule governs the varying nikkud in words מִשְׁתֶּה and מִשְׁתֵּה?

What rule governs the varying nikkud in words מִשְׁתֶּה and מִשְׁתֵּה in Megillas Ester? In Ashkenazi pronunciation this makes a difference because the first is read as "Mishte" and the second is read ...
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Standing during Torah reading in front of your Rabbi

Are you allowed to stand during Torah reading in front of your Rabbi who is sitting? (I think I heard that this might be a problem because it implies you are better than your Rabbi, or don't fully ...
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Can a person who has difficulty standing read from the Torah while sitting?

Must one stand to read from the Torah (in a communal reading) if one has difficulty standing?
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Adding aliyah breaks at the beginning of the parsha

Last year I was the baal korei at an aufruf. The shul's policy was to allow two extra aliyos for a simcha, for a total of 9 + maftir. The bride's grandfather z"l, a Kohen and Holocaust survivor in ...
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why wasn't Yehoshua bin Nun Moshiach?

He brought the people into the land of Yisroel, conquered their enemies, what more could you ask for? I heard that if Moshe had been permitted to go into the land, he would've been Moshiach, but why ...
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Status of Torah written in Ksav Ivri written before Ezra Hasofer

The gemara in Sanhedrin 21 brings a discussion regarding what script the Torah was givin . One opnion holds that the Torah was given in ksav Ivri (luchos prob given in ksav ashuris according to all). ...
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Understanding the cantillation of Bereshit 5:29 [duplicate]

In Bereshit 5:29 it states וַיִּקְרָ֧א אֶת־שְׁמ֛וֹ נֹ֖חַ לֵאמֹ֑ר זֶ֠ה יְנַחֲמֵ֤נוּ In every chumash I have seen the word זה has 2 cantillation marks on it a telisha and a gershayim (according to the ...
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Why not include the second Sefer Torah for Aliyah #7 when Simchat Torah is on Shabbat in Israel?

This question mentions that in Israel, when Simchat Torah is on Shabbat, Vezot Habracha is divided into 7 aliyot, followed by Chatan Torah and Chatan Breishit. I'm curious as to why they don't make ...
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Torah reading for foreigners in Israel on Chol HaMoed Sukkot

The Torah reading on Chol HaMoed Sukkot is different in Israel (each day’s mussaf sacrifice is read four times) and the Diaspora (more than one day’s portion is read to take account of sfeika d’yoma (...
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Torah Format of Az Yashir [duplicate]

What is the symbolism behind the mesorah (why is the mesorah to write the words this way) to write Az Yashir in the format seen here and below - especially since the standard shira format looks more ...
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Why is the laining identical on the first 2 days of Sukkot?

The laining is chosen (on many holidays) to deal with the holiday, itself. As the Rambam explains, וקוראין בעניין המועד, לא בסדר השבת. ומשה רבנו תיקן להן לישראל, שיהיו קוראין בכל מועד, עניינו; ...
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Torah Format of Haazinu [duplicate]

What is the symbolism behind the mesorah to write the song of Haazinu in the two-halves of the klaf as seen here and below? (Why is this style the standard song format?)
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Calling up more people to the Torah to ensure seven Shabbat observers

R Avraham Yosef (the son of R Ovadia Yosef) recently said on his weekly radio program that, in his synagogue, he always call up 10 people on Shabbat to ensure that at least seven of them are Shabbat-...
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When were the current Sidra breaks established? [duplicate]

The Gemara (Megillah 29b) relates that in Eretz Yisrael, they would finish the Torah every three years, while in Bavel, they would do so every year. In practice, it seems universally accepted to ...
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What is the earliest reference to Simchas Torah as being the day to finish the Torah cycle? [duplicate]

The universal practice, it seems, is to delay the final portion of the Torah, beginning with Devarim 33:1, until Simchas Torah. This portion is then read as the Yom Tov reading, along with the ...
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Heter to call a mourner to the Torah on a weekday in the first week of his aveilus

A mourner in the first week of his aveilus was unable to pray at home and went to synagogue on a weekday where he was the only Kohen (or Levi). Normally a mourner does not get called up to the Torah....
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List of places where Elokim is written as tetragrammaton

Can someone point me to a list of all places in Tanach where the tetragrammaton is pronounced as "Elokim" (as in, e.g., Yechezkel 28:25)? For some reason, my concordance does not list these under ...
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Can a ventriloquist chant the Torah?

A ventriloquist essentially recreates sounds using a different part of the speech system. For example, mouthing the sound ‘B’ would give away the act, so it must be recreated in a different part of ...
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Division of Parasha into seven Aliyos [duplicate]

Who is the author of the marks dividing Parashios into seven aliyos found today in almost all chumashim? Notes: The halacha (Mishna in Megillah 21a, Shulchan Aruch OC 135) prescribes that 7 people ...
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Are Shiros considered one parshah or several?

The two Shiros, Shiras HaYam and Shiras Ha’azinu, are both written slightly differently from one another, but are both written in a “brickwork” format, rather than the typical paragraph format (YD 275:...
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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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Can a Torah be laid on a bare table?

When people read or roll a Torah, I have always seen the table covered either with a cloth or a tallit. Is it necessary to cover the table? Why? If not, and this is a minhag, what is its source? ...
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Can a Bimah be placed on the sides, front, or back of a shul?

In my Yeshiva, the Bimah is somewhat central to the Beis Midrash: several rows of seating in front, then several more rows behind it, the entire column being directly behind the Aron. However, in my ...
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Why did the Bavli form of weekly Torah reading become the standard?

My understanding of the Torah reading cycle - In Israel, they originally had a triennial cycle, and in Bavel, they had an annual cycle. At some point, the Bavli (annual) cycle became the standard. (...
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Mil'al vs. Milra on “Lamah”

In a few places in the Torah, the word למה is pronounced מלעיל (accent on 1st syllable) and in other places מלרע (accent on 2nd syllable.) I viewed Bemidbar 11:11 which has both in the same verse. ...
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What rule governs the nekuda under the words אֶת and אֵת? [duplicate]

What rule governs the nekuda under the words אֶת and אֵת in Megillas Ester? In Ashkenazi pronunciation this makes a difference because the first is read as "Es" and the second is read as "Eys."
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Adding a word by the Torah reading

When we speak, it is very normal to make an error and say something like “I saw John and Bob, I mean Bob in the store yesterday.” How does one make a correction when he accidentally adds a word to ...
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Why is there a minhag to stand for the public reading of the 10 Commandments throughout the year? [duplicate]

Yesterday, my rav read from Otzar Dinim U'minhagim, where he explains the the only time people stand for the reading of the 10 Commandments is when it is read during the Shabbat that we read parshat ...
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What is considered 3 psukim for “unusual” parsha breaks?

Talmud Megillah 22א says that each aliyah must have a minimum of 3 psukim left to the end of the parsha as well as start with at least 3 psukim before it in the parsha (paragraph.) What is considered ...
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Please help explain 1st Tosfot on Megillah 22a

In viewing Gemarah Megillah 22א, there is a rule that each person receiving a Torah aliyah must have at least 3 verses remaining in the parsha (paragraph) as well as starting with a minimum of 3 ...
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Why do most Chumashim mark the end of a Sidra with 3 parsha markings?

With the exception of the end of Vayigash, every Sidrah (Shabbat weekly Torah reading) ends at a parsha (paragraph end.) When there is a parsha end in the middle of the sidrah, Chumashim use a single ...
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What is the proper pronunciation: Tz'lafechad or Tz'lofchad?

Is the first vowel in Tz'lfchd (Bamidbar 27:1) a kamatz katan or a kamatz gadol? If it is the first, should it not be Tz'lof-chad (Ashkenazic: Tz'lof-chod) and if it is the latter, should it not be Tz'...
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Why are there varying vowels on proper nouns in Megillas Ester?

In Megillas Ester, several proper nouns (such as Mordechai, and Shushan) use komatz and patach interchangeably. In sefardi pronunciation this does not make much of a difference, but in ashkenazi ...
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How long does it take to learn to layn Megillas Ester? [closed]

How much time would it take to learn Megilla layning to the level of a pro with zero prior layning experience?
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Shul closed for a Shabbos. Do they have to repeat the missed sedrah when they get back?

The Rema paskens in O Ch 135 (2)   If they neglected [to be able to hold] the public reading of the parashah, then for the following Shabbat they read that parashah (i.e. the missed one) along ...
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Can a Kohen be called for the 4th or 7th Aliyah?

My nephew is having his Bar Mitzvah and we are a family of Kohens. My older Brother was hoping to be called for the first Aliyah and wanted to honor me with either the 4th or 7th one. The Rabbi at ...