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Is gelilah like getting all the aliyah

The source he referenced is seemingly from Megillah 32a: ואמר ר' שפטיה א"ר יוחנן עשרה שקראו בתורה הגדול שבהם גולל ספר תורה הגוללו נוטל שכר כולן דאמר ר' יהושע בן לוי עשרה שקראו בתורה הגולל ספר ...
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How to display the Torah when doing hagbah

Short answer: like any good subject in Judaism; there isn't only one answer. the 360° turn seems to be unanimous but the right-left is sometimes perceived as a custom and sometimes as a mistake. The ...
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Direction to locate the Torah seam

Kitzur Shulchan Aruch (23:25) writes that it should be rolled to the nearest seam, in order to minimize the rolling, out of respect for the Sefer Torah.
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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)

It is halachically forbidden for the gabbai to honor an individual with Hagbah if he knows he will not be able to do it properly. It is imperative that the congregation be able to see the writing in ...
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Proper Hagba Procedure: Text Facing Table?

As indicated by msh210, it is a common custom on Simchas Torah to turn the Sefer Torah outwards when doing Hagbah after reading V'zos habrachah (the very end of the Pentateuch), and some do it for B'...
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Reason behind pinky during hagba

There is no definitive reason as to why specifically the pinky is used to point. In fact, others advocate using the pointer (cf. R. Haim Palagi, Lev Haim vol. 2 §167 3.6) R. Meir Mazuz suggested a ...
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Reason behind pinky during hagba

It is stated here in the name of Rabbi Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg, that pointing with the pinkie finger, is a symbolism for approaching Torah with humility and a sense of smallness, just like the pinkie ...
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How to display the Torah when doing hagbah

The Ramban in parshas Ki Tavo on passuk 27:26 brings the idea of hagbah: אמרו על דרך אגדה, זה החזן, שאינו מקים ספרי התורה להעמידן כתקנן שלא יפלו. ולי נראה, על החזן שאינו מקים ספר תורה על הצבור ...
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Hagbah of the Yemenites (Temanim)

Is there a picture of their technique or a description how it's done? Screen cap from the link that MoriDoweedhYaa3qob posted: Using some cloth (Talith or similar) the parchment is lifted to about ...
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Hagba when rolling Sefer Torah

It's not explicit in Shulchan Aruch but very strongly implies not in Siman 144, sif 3, (and Mishna Brura siman 16) where he says that if you are going to be reading a separate topic (i.e. maftir in a ...
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How can I practice doing hagba?

Ashkenazi - It's more about technique then strength. Lifting it right up is hard even for a strong person, but sliding it down and then picking it up is easy. The difficult part is to do the spin, ...
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How to display the Torah when doing hagbah

The sefer Piskei Teshuvos Siman 134 #5 Says the following (I'm paraphrasing): The language of the Shulchan Aruch is "Show the writing of the sefer torah to the people that are standing to his ...
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The Practice of Hagbaah

The minhag is to cover the scroll at all times (except when reading). Thus, if there is a long wait between the Hagbaah and the Aliya, it should be covered and if it is only a couple of seconds it is ...
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Yehi Ratzon's after Hagba on Monday & Thursday

The answer here, on the bottom of p. 3 may surprise you, as it surprised me. According to Rav Amram Ga'on, the Golel is the one that should be reciting this prayer all the time, not the shat"z. Note ...
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Practical way to perform hagbah according to O.C. 134:2

A simple answer to your final question would be to simply rotate the Sefer Torah on the Bimah by 90 degrees counterclockwise (where the face is the surface that the Torah is resting on), and then ...
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Where to place the tie/wrap when doing Gelilah

http://www.chabad.org.il/Magazines/Article.asp?ArticleID=5655&CategoryID=1254 This Minhag is by no means universal. Minhag Chabad is to specifically wrap the belt around the lower third. The ...
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Touching the Klaf of the Torah not while reading it

Yalkut Yosef (147:1) writes that there is no distinction: אסור לאחוז בספר תורה בגוף הקלף או הגויל בלי מטפחת, בין כשגולל את הספר תורה בעת קריאת התורה בצבור, ובין כשגולל הספר תורה בינו לבין עצמו, ...
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Touching the Klaf of the Torah not while reading it

See this with its cross-refs to Shulchan Aruch: What are the dinim concerning mistakingly touching the klaf of the Sfer Torah: when kissing it with one’s tziztis when doing glila ...
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Reason behind pinky during hagba

According to this article (p. 294) The earliest mention of pointing during hagbaha is found in Divrei Mordekhai, a book of responsa by R. Moredekhai Krispin, a rabbi in Rhodes in the 1800s. No ...

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