Saturday, May 3, 2008

The Unavailable Kohen


We call a Kohen for the first aliyah (portion of the Torah reading).

However, if the Kohanim present are all still saying Shema or the Amidah (or the blessings before Shema, or between Shema and the Amidah), then we call a non-Kohen in their place.

One who was accidentally called up while he was still davening should take the aliyah. Ideally, he should daven quickly up to a point where he is halachically permitted to interrupt.

(Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 66:4, 135:5; Mishneh Berurah 66:26, 135:17)

Have a great day,

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