The Aliyah L’Torah Part 2

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HALACHICALLY SPEAKING
Compiled by Rabbi Moishe Dovid Lebovits
Reviewed by Rabbi Benzion Schiffenbauer Shlita
All Piskei Horav Yisroel Belsky Shlita are reviewed by Horav Yisroel Belsky Shlita

One who receives an aliyah should have in mind to connect his neshoma with Hashem through the aliyah.(10) One should not be makpid on which aliyah he gets.(11)

Who Should Lain

The custom used to be for each person who got an aliyah to lain his pesukim aloud. Today this is not the case, and one person who knows the trup and how to lain properly is designated to lain for all aliyos.(12)

Refusing an Aliyah

The Gemorah (13) says one of the things that shorten a person’s life is if he is called to receive an aliyah to the Torah and he refuses to go up.(14) The Maharsha (15) says the reason is since the person has refused to be called to the Torah which is life, his punishment is death. A person who knows he will be called up for an aliyah may leave before he is called to avoid having to go up for the aliyah.(16) A person who will be embarrassed if he goes for the aliyah (i.e. he can’t pronounce the words properly) does not have to go to the Torah when he is called. (17)
Footnotes
(10) Refer to Piskei Teshuvos 136:1. (11) Pela Yoetz “sefer” page 32 (old). (12) Refer to Sharei Ephraim 3:1. (13) Mesechtas Berochos 55a. Refer to Elya Rabbah 139:2 why this is not in Shulchan Aruch. He says because this halacha was only talking in the days when the oleh read from the Torah. (14) Refer to Magen Avraham 53:22, Machtzis Ha’shekel, Pri Chadash 139:1, Torah L’shma 95, Lev Chaim 3:12, Mishnah Berurah 139:1, Aruch Ha’Shulchan 139:4, Shemiras Haguf V’hanefesh 262:footnote 2 in depth. (15) Mesechtas Berochos 55a. (16) Tzitz Eliezer 14:34:1. (17) Tzitz Eliezer 18:29. See Yesodo Yeshurin 2:page 201, Halichos Olom 7:page 195.

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