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A Torah Reading Wizard that will lead you through the synagogue public Torah reading: from when the ark is opened, through the actual reading and aliyot, until the Torah scroll is returned to its place.
How to Do the Lifting of the Torah (Hagbah)
The conclusion of the public Torah Reading; how and why we lift the Torah; how to do "hagbah."
How to Get Called Up to the Torah
A clear explanation of the Torah Reading service in synagogue, how it works, and getting called up to the Torah for an aliyah.
Question: Which portion of the Torah is read on Rosh Chodesh? Response: On Rosh Chodesh, the "head" of the new month, we read four aliyahs from Numbers 28. The requirements for any aliyah is a minimum of three verses. In Numbers 28, along with the daily a...
Please note: These recordings were not created on Shabbat or Jewish holidays. They are for educational purposes only.
On a typical week, the Torah is read publicly on Monday, Thursday, and twice on Shabbat. On holidays, fast days, and Rosh Chodesh, the Torah is read regardless of the day of the week. When did this start? Moses instituted that the Torah be read three days...
Question: Is it important that the Torah be read in the traditional melody? Who made up these melodies anyway? Response: The actual Torah scroll contains only letters. The printed editions, known as Chumashim, commonly contain not only the vowel markings,...
Question: At a synagogue I recently attended, I noticed people bidding for the right to be called to the Torah, or as they called it, getting an aliyah. What is so special about an aliyah? Are some more sought after than others? Response: Let's divide you...
In the Code of Jewish Law Rama in Orach Chaim 134. it is written that a Torah scroll should be held in one's right arm (and rested on the right shoulder). This applies even if the one holding the Torah is left-handed. There are two verses that allude to t...
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