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    Can anyone please tell me where the custom of holding out your pinky finger and kissing it by hagboh comes from.

    minyan gal

    There was a thread on this topic just a couple of weeks ago. I was told by a Chabad rabbi that because we are saying “v’zot ha Torah”, meaning “this is the Torah” and we are pointing at it with our pinky. I have heard other explanations as well – one was that the pinky is the smallest finger and it means that perhaps we learned even a little bit of Torah on this day. I am sure that there are other explanations as well.


    Rav Chaim Palagi

    basket of radishes

    I assume this is when the Torah is held up after the reading? I don’t konw the term ‘Hagboh’, but I think I read that once on here. To kiss your pink indicates that you are smaller than Torah but that you love your own soul just as well. But that said, we usually lift our tzitzis in the air and then kiss the tzitzi afterwards. This indicates that we love our heritage.


    hello99, in the Kaf Hachaim?


    Minhag ashkenaz was always to bow, as the ram”a says…

    am yisrael chai

    The earlies source seems to be the Meam Loez (Ki Savo). Interestingly, ???? has the numerical value of 613.

    R Palagi- one should point with the right index finger of their right hand. (see Sefer Hachaim from Rav Chaim Palagi 3:6)


    Its probably like minyangal says: “zeh” is mashmah being moreh b’etzbah, like by kidush levanah, the menorah and machatzis hashekel. So when we say “vzos haTorah” we are moreh b’etzbah.

    I’m sure taamei haminhagim speaks about it.

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