Saturday, May 17, 2008

Who stands with the baal keriah?


Our practice is to have two people stand with the person reading from the Torah, even if he is the one receiving the aliyah.

This is supposed to reflect what happened on Mount Sinai: One person, usually the gabbai who calls people to the Torah, represents HaShem. The baal keriah then represents Moshe, and the third party represents the Jewish people receiving the Torah.

(Mishneh Berurah 141:16)

Have a great day,

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