Thursday, May 1, 2008

Honoring the Torah


When the chazan takes out the Torah on Shabbat, he recites three sentences - Shma Yisrael, Echad Elokeinu and Gadlu. According to some practices, he should raise the Torah when reciting each of the three sentences.

The Torah is then brought to the table where it will be read. People should come to meet the Torah, even if they are outside the shul when the Torah is first brought out; this increases the honor shown to the Torah, and to HaShem.

(Mishneh Berurah 134:10, 13)

Have a great day,

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