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Bow during Hagba?

The Beis Yosef Simman 135 writes regarding the halacha of hagbah (Sefardim do it at the beginning of the Torah service, and Chazal call hagbah "gelilah") וכתוב עוד במ"ס פרק הנזכר (פי&...
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How long does it take to learn to layn Megillas Ester?

I've been a Torah reader for about 45 years, and have read Megilla for about 20 years. This is tough to give you an exact assessment, here, because there are several factors here. So, take what I ...
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Why is Az Yashir printed smaller in the tikun korim?

In a standard Torah scroll they are indeed the same height as the rest of the columns, but they are wider than the regular columns. To keep the proportions right and have it fit on one page, it looks ...
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Why do we leyn before mincha but after shacharis?

This question was asked on kipa.co.il. The answer given by R. Ronen Lebovitz was: וזאת משום שבשחרית יש לסמוך את קריאת שמע לעמידה, ולכן קריאת התורה באה רק לאחר העמידה. טעם נוסף הוא שהתפילות תוקנו ...
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Catching up the missing weeks of Krias Hatorah

The Rama to Orach Chayim 135:2 writes that if a whole tzibbur missed last weeks laining they should lain both this weeks parsha and last weeks. With regards to a tzibbur missing many shabbasim it is a ...
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Fulfilling Kri'at Shema by reading it as a Torah reader

Mishna Berakhot 2:1 היה קורא בתורה, והגיע זמן המקרא--אם כיוון את ליבו, יצא; ואם לאו, לא יצא.‏ If he was reading in the Torah and it came time to read [Shema]: if he intended, he fulfilled his ...
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Which groups of people read the 10 Commandments using the "lower" trope?

It would seem that original Minhag Ashkenaz was to use ta'am elyon only on Shavu'ot, but on shabbat parashat yitro and shabbat parashat va'etchanan to use ta'am tachton. This can be seen in the ...
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Which woman false prophet is the Baal Haturim referring to?

The parsha deals with a false prophet and uses exclusively male verbs. This might lead one to think the relevant laws only apply to a male prophet. Therefore the Midrash Sifrei 83:3 says: בקרבך. ...
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Why are there varying vowels on proper nouns in Megillas Ester?

There are grammatical rules in general, but for your case: It's always שושַן הבירה, otherwise שושָן. It's always מרדכַי except on an esnachta, sof pasuk, or in exactly one case a zakeif katon ויגידו ...
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Why are there varying vowels on proper nouns in Megillas Ester?

מרדכי takes a Kamatz when it is on a hard pause (same as most nouns that have a patach or segol on the primary stress). שושן takes a Patach when it is attached to הבירה (same as the construct form of ...
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What rule governs the varying nikkud in words מִשְׁתֶּה and מִשְׁתֵּה?

When משתה is in construct state it has a tzere instead of a segol and would mean "drinking-party of" instead of just "drinking-party".
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Parshas Zachor when one can't get a Minyan?

The Rama 685:7 writes that one should still read it with its correct tune. הגה: ואם אי אפשר להם לבוא, מכל מקום יזהרו לקרותם בנגינתם ובטעמם (מצא כתוב). The Kaf Hachaim 685:35 writes one should read ...
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What did it use to mean for a kohen to get a second aliyah?

Tosfot (Gittin 59b) answers (based on a similar case in Tosefta Megilla 3:6) that to distinguish the two sections, the kohen would go sit down back in his seat and then stand up again and go up to the ...
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What would be a case where a shul would read from the Torah for five consecutive days?

If Rosh Hashanah falls on Thursday, then both days of Rosh Hashanah the Torah reading for R.H. would be read, the following day would be Shabbos so the Parsha would be read, and Tzom Gedaliah would be ...
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Tephilin during krias hatorah on the third day of Pesach

This seems to start with an idea brought by the Chok Ya'akov, although he doesn't quite describe the current practice which you mention. He writes (in 490:2) that the prevalent custom (in his day and ...
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Mil'al vs. Milra on "Lamah"

The word is spelled לָמָה (without a dagesh and stressed on the final syllable) when the following word begins with an א or ה or ע,* and spelled לָמָּה (with a dagesh and stressed on the penultimate ...
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Final Pay ף ??? - Exists or Not?

It does exist and appears precisely once in Tanach, in Mishlei 30:6: אַל־תּ֥וֹסְףְּ עַל־דְּבָרָ֑יו פֶּן־יוֹכִ֖יחַ בְּךָ֣ וְנִכְזָֽבְתָּ׃
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Reciting/singing Aḥeinu outside of the formal prayer setting and origin of tune

The song was popularised following its release by Abie Rotenberg. It was composed in 1990 (see here) and first released on his Lev V'nefesh 1 CD. In an interview (linked above) Abie provides more ...
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Reading zeicher, zecher, or both during the regular Torah reading

The Mishna Berura (685 sk 18) only recommended this practice for Parashat Zakhor, seemingly because it may be a biblical obligation (ShA OC 685:7). Betzel HaChokhma (6:50) said this applies to any ...
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Online Tikkun Makers?

Try https://www.tikkun.io. Full disclosure: I'm the creator of this site. As a software developer and avid Torah reader, I found nothing online that I enjoyed using and that was free. This one will ...
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Are women explicitly forbidden from handling and reading the Torah?

You are asking two related but different questions. One about touching the Torah, one about reading it. Regarding touching a sefer Torah there is an explicit Rambam (Laws of Sefer Torah 10:8 based on ...
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Is there a list of the haftorot for the tri-annual torah reading cycle?

A full list can be found here with ongoing updates and sources here. Many times we only know the opening verse and not the exact end point.
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Determining trup, without trup

To expand on Joel's answer, you would be able to determine the correct cantillation by determining where to place the divisions and subdivisions within the verse, and once you have the divisions, ...
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Ashkenazi Mishna memorization tune?

You have the niggun of the Rav Zilberman. In Kol Halashon who was a fervent supporter of mishnayot memorization.
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Mincha torah reading before a chag

Shulchan Arukh OC 292:1 במנחה אומרים אשרי ובא לציון ואני תפלתי וגו' ומוציאין ספר תורה וקורין ג' אנשים י' פסוקים מפרשה הבאה ואפילו חל יום טוב להיות בשבת קורין בפרשה הבאה ולא בשל יום טוב. At Mincha ...
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Which event is more infrequent?

tl;dr Over a span of 689,472 years (the complete Hebrew calendar cycle), a three-Torah shabbat happens 465,929 times, and a two-Torah weekday happens 1,009,765 times. For technical details, see below ...
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Is Akdomus a Dvor Shebikedushah which would require a minyan to read it?

Per letter from Rabbi Hershel Schachter dated 26 Iyar 5780, although the Minhag is only to say it B'Tzibur, it is similar to a Shabbos songs such as Ko Ribon that one may say without a Minyan.
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3 Pesukim minimum per Aliyah

The Talmud states that this is to correspond to the three-fold division of Torah, Neviim, and Ketuvim: Megillah 24a הני ג' פסוקין כנגד מי אמר רב אסי כנגד תורה נביאים וכתובים What do these three ...
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