Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Holding a Sefer Torah


Today we begin a new topic, in advance of Shavuot and the celebration of the presentation of the Torah at Har Sinai: The Public Torah reading.

One who is carrying a Sefer Torah (Torah scroll) should carry it in his right arm, representing the passage from Song of Songs (8:3) in which HaShem is described is embracing us with His "right", and representing the Torah's own statement (Deuteronomy 33:2) that HaShem carried the Torah to us in His "right."

(Rama Orach Chaim 134:2, Mishneh Berurah 134:14)

Have a great day,

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