Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Ascending and Descending the bimah


One who receives an aliyah should ascend the bimah via the shortest possible route, both to show his desire for the mitzvah and to respect the time of the waiting community.

However, after the aliyah one should return to his seat via a longer route, to show he is not in a rush to leave the mitzvah.

(Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 141:7; Mishneh Berurah 141:22-23)

Have a great day,

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