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345. The Translator
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Tefillah u’Birkas Kohanim 12:11 The reader could not raise his voice louder than the translator’s, nor the translator louder than the reader’s. The translator could not start translating until the reader finished reading the verse, nor may the reader start the next verse until the translator finished his translation. The translator was not permitted to […]
344. Not Talking During Krias HaTorah
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Tefillah u’Birkas Kohanim 12:9 Once the reading of the Torah has begun, it is forbidden for anyone to talk, even in matters of Torah. Everyone must remain silent and pay attention to the reading, as we see in Nehemiah 8:3, “The ears of all the people were to the book of the Torah.” One may […]
343. Permission to Commence
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Tefillah u’Birkas Kohanim 12:7 The reader may not start reading until the most prominent person in the community gives him leave to do so. Even the chazzan or the shul officer may not begin until the community or the most prominent person indicates to do so. Another person should stand next to the reader, just […]
342. Reciting the Brachos
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Tefillah u’Birkas Kohanim 12:5 Each person called for an aliyah opens the Torah and looks at the place where he is meant to read. He recites Barchu and the congregation responds Baruch Hashem haMevorach l’olam vaed. He then recites the bracha that G-d “has chosen us from all the nations and given us His Torah. […]
341. Minimums for Public Torah Reading
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Tefillah u’Birkas Kohanim 12:3 The public Torah-reading is never held in the presence of fewer than ten adult males, and no fewer than ten verses are read. “G-d spoke to Moshe, saying…” is counted as one of the verses. No fewer than three men should be called to the Torah, reading at least three verses […]