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the prayer service and ceremony surrounding communal reading from the Torah scroll

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Does a Ger have a Chiyuv to get an Aliya?

Inspired by the comments to my answer about (pseudo) 2nd Bar Mitzvahs. Both the Magen Avraham in 282:18 and the Biur Halocho in 136:1:1 mention that the reason a Bar Mitzva boy has a high priority to ...
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The Aliyot in Parshat Bereisheet

According to the Hertz (Soncino Press) chumash, the aliyot for Bereisheet are (excuse my poor formatting) Aliyah...…. begins at 2...…………..1:14 3...………….1:24 4...…………..2:4 5...…………..3:22 6......
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Torah service on Hoshana Rabba

My old Ashkenazi machzor says that the Torah scroll should be removed from the Ark on Hoshana Rabba just as on the Shabbat. Nevertheless, I find a few points unclear, while I make some reasonable ...
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Hilchos Pesicha/Pesichas HaAron

I'm having trouble finding the halachos around the kibud of pesicha. I found the Shulchan Aruch contains a section for hagbahah and gelilah, but I don't see any description of pesicha. L'maaseh, here ...
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Question about placement of 2nd Shacharit Ashrei in Nusah Ashkenaz [duplicate]

This is what I have seen listed in most Nusach Ashkenaz siddurim / occur in most Nusach Ashkenaz shuls: When the Torah is read during Shacharit: On weekdays - The 2nd Ashrei is said after the Torah ...
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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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Meaning of ונתחזק

In the famous phrase: חזק חזק ונתחזק What exactly does the word נתחזק v’nitchazek/v’nitchazak mean? I’ve seen different translations like: “may we be strenghtened” “ let us be strenghtened” “ les ...
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kavod hatorah vs tznius/kol Isha

if one is in a non orthodox synagogue and suddenly has thoughts of repentance as a woman is called up to the torah, what takes precedence? should he walk out because he feels this practice is ...
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Why do we leyn before mincha but after shacharis?

When reading Torah in the morning, we daven shemoneh esrei of shacharit and then afterwards read the Torah. When reading Torah in the afternoon (Shabbos/fast days), we read Torah first and then daven ...
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Qualifications for a man Reading the Torah in public

I have been told that there are conditions that a man must fulfill before he is allowed to read the Torah in public. If so, what is the halacha? What are the disqualifications? [EDITED] Example: I ...
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Sources prohibiting Mi Sheberachs on Shabbos [duplicate]

There are a couple of potential reasons to perhaps avoid saying Mi Sheberachs for Cholim or people who get Aliyos during Leining on Shabbos (Tircha Detzibura and Pesikas Mammon). However, whether due ...
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May one reposition Sifrei Torah on Shabbat?

Scenario / Example: This Shabbat is parshat Sheqalim, the first of 4 special Shabbatot before Pesach. We will take out two Sifrei Torah. Upon returning the Torot to the ark, one would like to shift ...
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Why is there no Kaddish after Torah reading at mincha on a fast day?

Every Torah reading is followed by half Kaddish, except for Shabbat and fast day mincha. Mishnah Berurah #4 on O.C. 292:1 says that on Shabbat and fast days we don't say Kaddish after Torah reading ...
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Direction of Torah movement

The Torah when removed from ark is brought to bimah in anti-clock direction and when it is shown to congregation, it is in the clock direction. Why? Is this a custom or halacha?
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No Cohen - use a Levi or Yisra'el Gadol?

Mishna Berura note 9 on O.C. 135:3 says that if there is no Cohen in the shul during public Torah reading, we call up the wisest person in the shul. In many shuls that I have attended, they call up a ...
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Jew with non-Jewish father: maternal grandfather has no Hebrew name; great-grandfather's Hebrew name unknown [duplicate]

Usually, when a Jew's father is not a Jew, the name of the maternal grandfather is used when being called up to Torah. (Source?) But what happens if the maternal grandfather does not have a Hebrew ...
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Balak ending on a sad note

The end of parshas Balak is the sin at Shitim with the Bnos Moav, culminating in the sin of Zimri and Cozbi. Pinchas kills them both, stopping the plague. That would have been a good place to stop, ...
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Can a “metargem” fulfill the Targum obligation of “2 Mikra and 1 Targum”?

I understand that Yemenite congregations still use a metargem - a person who translates each Torah verse being read into Targum Onkelos. (The metargem was much more common centuries ago.) O.C. 585:5 ...
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Tips for sitting holding a Sefer Torah without hurting your shoulder?

I'm occasionally asked in shul to take out the second Sefer Torah, which also involves holding it until it's needed. I usually sit holding it with one eitz chayim resting on the chair between my legs,...
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Is there a limit to how many people should be on the bimah when the Torah is removed / returned to the ark?

As I understand, only one person needs to be on the bimah to take out one Torah (as on most Shabbatot) from and return the Torah to the ark - the chazzan. Is there a specific halacha that says that ...
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If a Torah ark has “French” doors, which door should be opened first?

Extending this question: Some shuls, such as mine, have "French" doors on the Aron. These are two vertical doors that open "outwards" (i.e., towards you when facing the Aron. Well, if it opened ...
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Two brothers or father and son one after the other

Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 141:6 rules יכולים לקרות שני אחים זה אחר זה, והבן אחר האב, ואין מניחים אלא בשביל עין הרע It is possible to call up to read the Torah two brothers, one after the ...
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Are there certain people that should not be called for the aliyah having the rebuke?

This coming Shabbat, in Bechukotai the 5th aliyah includes a section known as תוכחה (words of "rebuke" if we do not follow G-d's laws.) Our shul ritual committee discussed who to give the aliyah to, ...
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Aliyot for life cycle events

Why do life cycle events such as becoming a bar mitzvah, getting married, having children, and commemorating deaths of loved ones, as well as others obligate one in recieving an aliyah?
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Saying stuff out loud with baal koreh

I've seen people in shuls say stuff out loud with the baal koreh such as כאלה during pesach or לא תבשל גדי בחלב אמו. This seems problematic if one has to hear torah reading on the tzibbur level from ...
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Original Aliyah breaks for Ki Tisa

The Magen Avraham (OC 428 sk 8) records a custom to give a Levi the Aliyah containing the story of the Golden Calf. Indeed in many Chumashim nowadays I see the first two portions of Ki Tisa are ...
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Ki Tisa with no Kohen

The first two aliyot of Ki Tisa are very long. This is to ensure that a Levi has the aliyah about the golden calf, since his ancestors didn't participate. Yesterday I was in a shul with no kohen. ...
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Second reading of zachor at mincha

Many shuls read zachor a second time on Shabbos Zachor, either before or after mincha, to allow people who missed the first reading to hear it. In all the cases I've heard, this is without a bracha. ...
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Father and son - Hagbah and Gelilah, Pesicha for two Torahs

The Shulchan Aruch 141:6 writes that from a halachic standpoint a father and son may have aliyos back-to-back, however due to the worry of ayin harah we don't allow it. The Misnah Brurah and Be'er ...
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Source for this Prayer for American Armed Forces

Rather than the traditional מי שברך formula, my kahal (at Harvard Hillel) is accustomed to say a different formulation for the "Prayer for American Armed Forces" (it could probably be suitably edited ...
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Kohen k'rav ya'amod

Inspired by this question. When we call up a Kohen (or when not present, a Levi or Yisrael) we use a special formula: ויעזר on Shabbat and yom tov (Shacharit) and ותיגלה on weekdays (and Minchah). In ...
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Not to receive an 'Aliyah when Leining

I was once told in the name of R' Herschel Schachter that we try to avoid giving the ba'al kriah his own 'aliyah under most circumstances (exceptions would include maftir, a bar mitzvah bochur even on ...
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Why don't I hear HaGomel in shul more often?

Granted, I am not always at shul, and I don't know if I could even recognize HaGomel if it were being said. (The women's section of truly frum shuls often has no clue what is going on in the main ...
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Actualizing Avodah Shebalev

Found this online: quote : As the Rav puts it, Avodah Shebalev is a constant requirement (Kiyum Hamitzvah) where Tefilah is one of many ways (Ma’aseh Hamitzvah) of actualizing it. I thought that ...
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New Name for parent [duplicate]

My father is very ill and they have given him an additional name. Does this new name that he was given a few weeks ago alter the way that I get called up for an Aliyah going forward, both while he is ...
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What to do if parent doesn't have Jewish name, or if the child never knew it?

A person is called up for an Aliyah. He gives the name as x son of Ibrahim. Upon questioning, it comes out that the person did not know his father's Hebrew name, or that if there even was one, it ...
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Non-Jewish father: son of whom for an aliyah? [duplicate]

Let's say there is a person born of Jewish mother, but not a Jewish father. To further complicate things, the mother was raised secular and at a later point converts to Christianity. Does her change ...
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Hashta Ba'agala

There have been questions about the use of Aramaic as a language of prayer, in whole or in part, and even a question about the possible appearance of a single Aramaic word in an otherwise Hebrew ...
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Who should say the half kaddish after reading the Torah?

Who is supposed to say the chatzi kaddish after the torah reading? Is it the person who read the torah or an ovel who is saying kaddish?
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Sefer Haicholos

Does anyone have a link to where it says in the sefer Haicholos that it's a special time to daven during the pesicha of the aron kodesh of 3 sifrai torah like this past week?
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who makes brocha by bar mitzva if no dad?

If someone's father passed away, who makes the brocha of baruch shepotrani when he gets his aliya at the torah by his bar mitzva?
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Where do we get the number for how many alyot in the torah reading?

We know that 7 people are called for reading torah at shabbat shakharit (and one for the maftir), but we find that the number drops down to 3 at minkha and again on weekdays (Monday & Thursday). ...
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What happens with the blessings if a mute is called for a Torah aliyah?

A person called for an aliyah LeTorah makes a blessing before and after the reading. As I recall, the original custom (mentioned in Talmud Megilla 21b) was to have the Cohen make the staring blessing ...
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When was the Yad first used to read the Torah?

When was the tradition of using the yad started? How long has this practice been in use, please?
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Ya'amod by an Aliya

The root of the word Ya'amod means to stand in place. See Hebrew dictionary here. Thus why do we call up someone to an Aliya with the word Ya'amod? We are not asking him to stay in place, we are ...
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Do all Yemenites study the trope for each weekly parsha?

I have heard that in Yemenite synagogues, when a person is called for aliyah L'Torah, they read their own section. I.e., there is no "Torah reader" as there are in many other synagogues / services. ...
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Can someone called for one of the Shabbat or Yom Tov aliyot be called again for maftir?

I think the title of the question is self-explanatory.Something to consider: Maftir seems to be separate from the other aliyot specified in Talmud Megilah. Would it matter if the person who had ...
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Chazan's position and path when taking out the Torah?

When taking out the Torah from the ark, what is the proper procedure in these areas? On Shabbat, the Chazan faces the cong. (back to the ark) when saying Shema and Echad Elokeinu. Then he turns to ...
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Can the order of service on a fast day mincha be altered where circumstances demand?

A minyan for mincha on a fast-day cannot get access to the sefer torah. If they wait, they may end up saying the mincha amida after shkia. Q1: What halachic considerations are involved in saying the ...
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Is there a Sof Haftarah?

At the end of every verse in the haftarah, there is a sof pasuk. Is there a sof haftarah at the end of the portion, or do you just do a regular sof pasuk? EDIT: I am not asking about the actual ...