Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Holding the Torah during an aliyah


One who receives an aliyah to the Torah should hold on to the Torah's roller during both the berachah and the aliyah.

We also customarily kiss the Torah after the aliyah, generally by kissing tzitzit of a tallit and touching them to the spot. One should be careful, though, not to scrape the letters of the Torah when doing this.

(Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 139:11; Mishneh Berurah 139:35-36)

Have a great day,

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