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156. Ashrei and Lamnatzeiach
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25:1 We must pay careful attention when reciting the verses of Ashrei and Psalm 145, especially to the verse “posei’ach es Yadescha,” that God opens His (metaphorical) hand. 25:2 After Ashrei, we recite Lamnatzeiach (Psalm 20) except on Rosh Chodesh, Chanukah, Purim (including Shushan Purim), 14 Adar I and 15 Adar I in a leap […]
155. Torn Stitches, Wax Drippings
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24:11 If the stitches between two sections of parchment tear, if the major part is still sewn together, we may read from the Torah. If not, another Torah must be taken out for use. If there is no other Torah and the tear is in the book that we need to read from, we may […]
154. When There’s No Second Torah
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24:9 If a disqualifying defect is found in a sefer Torah scroll and no other is available, the requisite number of aliyos should be completed from the defective scroll but without blessings. (If the one in whose aliyah the defect was found has not said his concluding bracha, he should stand at the bimah for […]
153. Taking Out a Second Torah
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24:7 If a disqualifying defect requires that another Torah be taken out to be read, if the defect is discovered between aliyos, we resume reading from the place where we stopped and we complete the remaining number of aliyos. Those who already read from the defective Torah are counted among the suitable aliyos. If this […]
152. A Misshapen Letter
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24:5 If there is a doubt about whather a letter is not the proper shape, it should be shown to a child of average intellect. (He should be able to read but not savvy enough to look in the Torah and infer what it is supposed to say – Mishnah Brurah 32:49-50.) If he reads […]
151. More Types of Errors
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24:3 If two letters are found joined together, if it seems that they became joined after the section was written, the sefer Torah may be used so long as the shape of the letters was not changed. If the letters appear to have been joined when the section was being written, different procedures apply. If […]
150. An Error in a Sefer Torah
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24:1 If we find a serious error in a Torah that’s the fault of the sofer (scribe), we may not read from that Torah and must take out another. Such errors from a sofer include: an extra letter; a missing letter; letters substituted in such a way that it affects pronunciation, such writing “tumim” (as […]
149. When There’s No Torah
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23:29 If there is no Torah present, one congregant should read the appropriate portion aloud from a chumash (without brachos – Mishnah Brurah 143:9). Everyone is shul should pay attention so that Torah reading should not be neglected. 23:30 If ten people are praying and they don’t have a Torah to read from, one should […]
148. Y’hi Ratzon
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23:27 On Mondays and Thursdays, after the Torah has been raised, the shaliach tzibbur says the prayer “Y’hi ratzon…” (He need not wait until the Torah is finished being rolled – Mishnah Brurah 147:22.) The congregation should listen and respond with “Amen.” On days when Tachanun is not said, the “Y’hi ratzo” is also not […]
147. Lifting the Torah
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23:25 After the Torah is read, half-Kaddish is recited and the Torah is raised. The one lifting the Torah should open it so that three columns of text are visible. (Some feel this means specifically three columns but the Mishnah Brurah says that if one is strong enough, he should display more – MB 134:8.) […]