Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Two 'bar mitzvahs' on the same Shabbos


If a minyan includes two boys who have just turned 13, and both wish to read the maftir and neither will back down, then the shul should do the following:

Have a minyan leave the shul after the 7th aliyah. Have one of the boys read the maftir and then the haftorah, without a hagbah/gelilah in between; the Torah is only covered. Then have the minyan who missed maftir return, and have the second boy read the maftir, and have him read the haftorah after hagbah/gelilah.

This would be burdensome for the minyan, but it would be better than causing strife in the community.

(Rav Moshe Feinstein, Igrot Moshe Orach Chaim 1:102)

Have a great day,

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