Monday, June 30, 2008

Who gets to pick up the Torah for "Hagbah"?


"Hagbah" is the popular name for the practice of picking up the Torah and displaying it all.

This is considered a great honor, so much so that talmudically it was considered the highest honor of all the opportunities associated with the Torah reading. However, one should not accept the honor of Hagbah if he is weak, for one is supposed to hold the Torah aloft and display it to all in shul for a long enough time that they can really see (without necessarily reading) the text of the Torah.

(Mishneh Berurah 147:7)

Have a great day,

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