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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 […]
132. Tachanun during Shiva or a Bris
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22:5 When praying in a Shiva house, or in the home of the deceased even if none of the mourners are there, Tachanun is not said. This is the case the entire week of Shiva, even on the afternoon of the last day. One does not even say Tachanun after returning home after a Shiva […]
131. “Falling on the Face”
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22:3 Tachanun should be recited seated. In a pinch, Tachanun may be recited standing. After Tachanun, we say the prayer “Va’anachnu lo neida” (“and we do not know”). This prayer is started while still seated, though one should stand when he reaches the words “mah na’aseh” (“what to do…”). 22:4 We only “fall on the […]
130. Tachanun
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22:1 After Shemoneh Esrei, we say Tachanun, which is a prayer of supplication. Tachanun is recited “falling on one’s face” One should not talk about mundane matters in between Shemoneh Esrei and Tachanun. 22:2 At shacharis, when one has tefillin on his left arm, he leans on his right arm for Tachanun. This is done […]