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142. A Kohein Who Isn’t Fasting
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23:15 On a public fast day, when we read from Exodus chapters 32 and 34, we only call people who are fasting for aliyos. If the only kohein present is not fasting, or if he does not intend to complete the fast, then a Levi or a Yisroel is called for the first aliyah instead. […]
141. Giving Brothers Aliyos
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23:13 We do not call two brothers for successive aliyos. This applies even if they only share the same father or the same mother. The same law applies to a man and his son or grandson. The reason for this is because of ayin hara (the “evil eye,” i.e., a sense of jealousy) we do […]
140. Calling a Someone Who Isn’t There
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23:11 If a kohein or Levi was called for an aliyah and it turns out that he is not in shul, his “understudy” should not be called by name so that people shouldn’t think that there is some defect in the one originally called. Rather, the substitute is simply told to go up without being […]
139. Who to Call Up First
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23:9 If a kohein is present, he is called for the first aliyah. Even if he’s not learned, the kohein has priority over a scholar so long as he’s a “mentch.” (It would be preferable to call a learned kohein before a scholar if possible – Biur Halacha 135:3 s.v. lifnei chacham gadol yisrael.) The […]
138. Talking During Torah Reading
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23:7 If the baal korei is called for an aliyah, another person should stand next to him. The Torah was given to us through an intermediary (Moshe), so our interactions with the Torah should likewise involve the use of an intermediary. (Our practice is for someone to stand on each side of the bimah so […]
137. Standing for Kriyas HaTorah
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23:5 The oleh and baal korei both must stand (as must the gabbai – Mishnah Brurah 141:5). They may not even lean on something because they are supposed to stand in awe. The Torah was given in awe and we must treat it with awe. A person who is weak, however, may lean a little […]
136. Brachos before Reading the Torah
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23:3 Before saying the blessing on reading the Torah, a person opens the Torah scroll in order to see the place from which the Torah will be read. He then holds the scroll open with both hands, closes his eyes, and says “Barchu.” (Some turn their faces away so as not to look as if […]
135. Removing the Torah from the Aron
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23:1 When the Torah is removed from the aron and carried to the bimah, it is carried on the shul’s north side, which is to the right of the one carrying the Torah. When the Torah is returned, it is carried along the shul’s south side. The Torah is held in one’s right arm. It […]
134. Tachanun on Mondays and Thursdays
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22:9 Mondays and Thursdays are considered an auspicious time because Moshe ascended Mount Sinai to receive the second set of tablets on a Thursday and he returned on a Monday. We therefore increase our prayers of supplication on these days, reciting “v’Hu Rachum” before Tachanun. This section is recited standing. On days when Tachanun is […]
133. Days on Which Tachanun is Omitted
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22:7 Tachanun is not said if a groom is present in shul the entire week of his sheva brachos. This is the case if it is a first marriage for either partner but if it is a second (or later) marriage for both of them, then Tachanun is only not recited for three days. On […]