DailyHalacha.com for Mobile Devices Now Available

Select Halacha by date:

Or by subject:

Or by keyword:
Search titles and keywords only
Search All    

Weekly Perasha Insights
Shabbat Morning Derasha on the Parasha
Register To Receive The Daily Halacha By Email / Unsubscribe
Daily Parasha Insights via Live Teleconference
Syrian Sephardic Wedding Guide
Download Special Tefilot
A Glossary Of Terms Frequently Referred To In The Daily Halachot
About The Sources Frequently Quoted In The Halachot
About Rabbi Eli Mansour
Purchase Passover Haggadah with In Depth Insights by Rabbi Eli Mansour and Rabbi David Sutton
About DailyHalacha.Com
Contact us
Useful Links
Refund/Privacy Policy
Back to Home Page

Click Here to Sponsor Daily Halacha
"Delivered to Over 6000 Registered Recipients Each Day"

      
(File size: 1002 KB)
Is it Permissible to Repeat Sections of the Torah Reading to Add Aliyot?

The Mordechi (Rav Mordechai Ben Hillel, Germany, 1250-1298), in Masechet Megila, tells that there was a synagogue in Europe that on Simhat Torah would repeat a section of the Torah reading many times over, and Rabbenu Efrayim (Regensburg, Germany, 1110-1175) strongly condemned this practice and angrily left the synagogue. However, Rav Hai Gaon (939-1038) proved from several passages in the Talmud that it is permissible, when necessary, to repeat segments of the Torah reading. For example, on Rosh Hodesh we repeat the verse "Ve’amarta Lahem," and on Hol Ha’moed Sukkot and Hannukah we repeat text during the Torah reading. According to Rav Hai Gaon, then, it is entirely permissible to repeat text of the Torah reading for the purpose of adding Aliyot, and Berachot may be recited over these Aliyot. Of course, even according to this view, repeating text cannot count towards the seven required Aliyot on Shabbat. However, if it is necessary to add to the seven Aliyot, Rav Hai Gaon permits repeating text, and this is the position accepted by the Shulhan Aruch (Orah Haim 282:2). The Rama (Rav Moshe Isserles of Cracow, 1525-1572), by contrast, writes that the custom among Ashkenazim is not to repeat text to add Aliyot.

Notwithstanding the lenient ruling of the Shulhan Aruch, Hacham Ovadia Yosef writes (Hazon Ovadia, p. 230; listen to audio recording for precise citation) that it is preferable to avoid this debate by breaking the Torah portion into smaller segments. If a Ba’al Koreh (reader) knows ahead of time that additional Aliyot are needed, he should make more frequent breaks, after small segments of text – following Halachic guidelines in this regard – in order to increase the number of Aliyot. This is preferable to repeating text, the propriety of which, as mentioned, is subject to a debate among the Halachic authorities.

Hacham Ovadia adds that although there is a famous principle of "Safek Berachot Le’hakel," which means that we do not recite a Beracha if there is some uncertainty as to whether it is warranted, this rule does not apply in cases where there is an established Minhag (custom). Since there is an accepted Minhag to repeat text to add Aliyot and recite the Berachot, we may follow this practice without concern. Nevertheless, it is preferable to avoid this practice when possible, as discussed.

Summary: If it is necessary to add Aliyot in the Shabbat Torah reading, it is permissible to repeat portions of the reading numerous times, but it is preferable to break up the text into smaller segments, instead.

 


Recent Daily Halachot...
Asking a Non-Jew to Turn on the Heat or Air Conditioning on Shabbat
If a Non-Jew is Paid to Turn Lights on For a Jew on Shabbat
Giving Precedence to the Shabbat Day Meal Over the Friday Night Meal
Shabbat – The Prohibition Against Eating and Drinking Before Kiddush on Friday Night
Minors Eating Before Kiddush on Friday Night; Eating During Ben Ha’shemashot
Eating and Drinking Before Shaharit, and Before Kiddush on Shabbat
Reciting Kiddush Along With Somebody Else
A Woman’s Obligation of Kiddush
During Which Shabbat Meal Should One Eat His Favorite Food?
Must the Friday Night Meal Take Place Near the Shabbat Candles?
May One Wear a Surgical Mask on Shabbat in a Public Domain?
Is it Permissible to Use a Water Filter on Shabbat?
Covering the Bread on the Table for Kiddush and Habdala
If a Candle Falls on the Table During Shabbat
May One Ask a Non-Jew to Light the Shabbat Candles After Shabbat Has Started?
Page of 234
3507 Halachot found