Thursday, May 15, 2008

Reading along with the Baal Keriah


The person who is called to the Torah for an aliyah must read, preferably from the Torah itself, along with the baal keriah. He should not read so loudly that he drowns out the baal keriah, though.

(Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 141:2)

Have a great day,


  1. Good morning,

    My fluency, at the time of the aliyah, is certainly not on par with the ba'al kriah. Is it better, to read from a printed Chumash (during the Aliyah) or more in line with the halacha to simply do the best one can from the Sefer Torah itself?

    Thanks, Michael

  2. Hi Michael,

    Good question. From what I know of your fluency, I'd recommend reading from the Torah and parroting the baal keriah as best you can.