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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 happens with the blessings if a mute is called for a Torah aliyah?

Peri Megadim (OC 140 MZ 2) writes that perhaps if the mute is an extremely important person ("אדם חשוב גדול הדור") we can be lenient to allow others to say the blessing for him through Shomea' KeOneh, ...
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Original Aliyah breaks for Ki Tisa

Indeed the custom you mention is first mentioned in 16th century Safed in the work Tikkun Yissakhar by Yissakhar ben Mordechai, and while he notes with praise the custom to have a Levi read the ...
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Is there a Sof Haftarah?

In Ashkenazi cantillation, the demarcation of the end of a recitation unit is technically no different than the end of any other verse vis a vis the cantillation marks themselves. There is therefore ...
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Source for this Prayer for American Armed Forces

This was composed by Rabbi Aryeh Klapper, then the Rabbi of the Harvard Hillel Orthodox Minyan, around 2002.1 I remember him speaking, around that time, about the debt we owe to service members in our ...
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Is a new blessing required when taking off and putting back on your tallit?

This is a dispute recorded in Shulchan Aruch O.C. 8:14: אם פשט טליתו אפילו היה דעתו לחזור ולהתעטף בו מיד צריך לברך כשיחזור ויתעטף בו הגה וי"א שאין מברכין אם יהיה דעתו לחזור ולהתעטף בו וי"א ...
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Why doesn't saying the sh'ma satisfy torah-reading requirements?

Your question is asked by no less than the P'ri M'gadim (OH Eshel Avraham: 135)! According to the Amora Sh'muel, as quoted by R. Yehudah, in Berakhot (21a), the recitation of Sh'ma is merely rabbinic....
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Tips for sitting holding a Sefer Torah without hurting your shoulder?

This probably depends in part on the size (eitz to eitz length, I mean) and weight of the sefer torah, but here's what people in my minyan do (and what I do personally) with a medium-sized scroll. My ...
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Does a woman recite Birchas HaGomel? (Blessing on being saved from danger)

At least as early as the 1600s, it appears to have been customary in some congregations for a woman not to make the blessing of Hagomel upon being saved from danger. The Knesess Hagedolah (Hagahos ...
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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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Chazan's position and path when taking out the Torah?

Could not find the answer to clockwise vs. counter-clockwise, but found the answer to your second question in Aruch HaShulchan Orach Chayim 282:1: - סימן רפב - דיני קריאת התורה והמפטיר בשבת והש"ץ ...
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Do all Yemenites study the trope for each weekly parsha?

i have read regarding this question of yours that the Tradition in Yemen was that in every family, on the Friday night preceeding the Sabbath, the father would teach his sons the weekly Parashath with ...
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who makes brocha by bar mitzva if no dad?

The source for this minhag is from the Medrash (Bereishis Rabba Toldos 63:10) and Achronim also bring it from the Maharil (SA OC 225:2, the Rema there and others). The Magen Avrohom (Sif Katan 5 ...
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Father and son - Hagbah and Gelilah, Pesicha for two Torahs

Shaalos U'Teshuvos Avnei Chaifetz 16:3 says that so long as they are not called up by name there is no issue of Ayin Hara and it is permitted. Shaalos U'Teshuvos Mishne Halachos 3:20 says it is not ...
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Are there certain people that should not be called for the aliyah having the rebuke?

In my experience, the person who is giving the aliyot out generally keeps this one for himself so nobody else will feel bad about having been given the aliya. I have also heard of this aliya being ...
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Why is there no Kaddish after Torah reading at mincha on a fast day?

See Magen Avrraham OC 292 SK 2 The reason is that there is nothing between the eventually (and not existing) kaddich after the third ole and the kaddich before Tefilah shmona esre. The source is in ...
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Hilchos Pesicha/Pesichas HaAron

Open the ark after kaddish but wait for the chazzan to walk towards you before you take out the Torah. When he does, take out the Torah and hand it to him. He will recite the pesukim(according to ...
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Is a shul allowed to refuse an aliyah to an "improperly dressed" Cohen or Levi?

The Maharik (Shoresh 9) writes that the congregation have a right to refuse entry to a Kohen, thus enabling them to give the aliyah to someone else. The Chasam Sofer (OCH 25) rules that once the ...
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Why this specific pasuk when returning the Torah to the Ahron?

The Sefer haRokeah (Taamei B'rachos 319:274) says that his brother Chizkiyah explained that it's because we bow during birchas hatorah and we want to affirm afterwards that we weren't worshipping it ...
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who makes brocha by bar mitzva if no dad?

Shaare Chayim, a commentary by R. Chayim Tz'vi Ehrenreich on Shaare Efrayim, says (4:24, in my own, loose translation): I saw in… [???], writing in the name of Maase Ish responsum 14, that ...
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Can someone called for one of the Shabbat or Yom Tov aliyot be called again for maftir?

It appears from the Aruch Hashulchan in the last line of סימן קמד - שלא לדלג בתורה מעניין לעניין, ודיני ההפטרה that in extenuating circumstances one could call up for Maftir a person who already had ...
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How to deal with the parts of the Torah reading that are pre-empted by the congregation

In terms of the Oleh, the Magen Avraham (OC 566 sk 2) writes that reader needs to repeat these lines aloud after the congregation says them because the congregation only said them "Derekh Bakkasha" by ...
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forgot birkas hachodesh

The Rivivos Efraim (OC 4 Siman 53) writes that they should not say it later publicly on a weekday, but the individuals can say it on their own during the week if they did not say it on Shabbos.
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Hashta Ba'agala

This answer is complete speculation. It is not sourced from anywhere, just my own original thoughts and pshat (understanding). If I'm not mistaken, at the time that the Nusach (formulation) of our ...
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Kohen k'rav ya'amod

Areshes Sfasainu - Volume 3 - page 251 says that saying Kohain Kerav is based on the verse of Moshe telling Aharon to come near to the Mizbaiach. ויאמר משה אל אהרן קרב אל המזבח He gives other ...
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Limitations on two brothers or father and son one after the other, other than torah service?

The sefer Nisuin KeHilchesa pg. 299 quotes in the name of Rav Elyashiv that two brothers, or a father and son, may recite sheva brachos in sequence, and one need not worry for ayin hara. So at the ...
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May one reposition Sifrei Torah on Shabbat?

Disclaimer! I am not a posek. This question is dependent on several sugyos Muktzeh (tiltul bshabbos) Hachana Tircha Dztibbura I wanted to say that it seems like there would not be a problem of טלטול,...
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What is the best route for going up to the bimah?

See O.C. 141:7. I have parenthetically added reasoning that is explained in Mishnah Berurah commentary): It says that one goes up to the migdal (i.e. the raised platform used for Torah reading) via ...
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Is a new blessing required when taking off and putting back on your tallit?

If one removes the tallit or tzitzit (for instance, if one needs to use the restroom during prayers), with the intention of donning the same tallit or tzitzit afterwards, then it is not necessary ...
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Splitting up the rosh chodesh reading when another follows it

Adding to Gershon's answer, there's probably a good reason as to why only 1 aliyah is given from the 2nd Torah. There are two rules regarding reading aliyot: 1 - At least 3 verses must be read 2 - ...
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