Being Called by Name for an Aliyah
One should not go up to the Torah unless he is called up by his Hebrew name. (18) Some say if one goes to an aliyah without being called up first his beracha will be in vain. (19) The minhag of the Sefardim seems to be that one is not called up by his name.(20) This is because of the concern that if he is called by his name and does not go, his life will be shortened.(21) This custom seems to have been adapted in some parts of Yerushalayim as well.(22) Although some Yeshivas may be lenient in this regard, this is not the correct practice. (23) One who is being called up to the Torah should say “Rav” etc before mentioning his fathers name to avoid transgressing the issur of mentioning the name of one’s father.(24) If the Gabbai calls his own father for an aliyah he should say yaleh “avi” followed by his father’s name. (25)
Wearing a Tallis
One who is called up to the Torah should wear a tallis because of kovod ha’tzibbur.(26) On Monday and Thursday, unmarried boys who are wearing tefillin do not need to put on a tallis. On Shabbos at Mincha there is no need for someone who receives an aliyah to wear a tallis since the tzibbur does not wear a tallis at that time. (27) When receiving an aliyah, one should cover his head with the tallis.(28)
(18) Sharei Rachamim 1:19, Sharei Chaim 1:20, Yeshuos Maklu 12, Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 85:1, Avnei Nezer C.M. 103, Binyan Tzion (chadashes) 172:page 90, Aruch Ha’shulchan 13:4, Minchas Elazar 4:49, Orchos Rabbeinu 1:page 71:27, Rivevos Ephraim 2:80:25, Tzitz Eliezer 17:16:3, see Darchei Moshe 135:8, Rama 139:3. Refer to Yesodo Yeshurin 2:pages 185-188 in depth. (19) Shulchan Hatohar 139:3. (20) Yalkut Yosef 141:21. (21) Yalkut Yosef ibid. (22) Chaim Shaul 1:13, Kaf Ha’chaim 139:9, Likras Shabbos 2:page 115. Refer to Aruch Ha’shulchan E.H. 129:81. (23) Teshuvos V’hanhugos 2:98. (24) Otzer Kibbud Av V’eim page 143:81-82, Morei Horim V’kibudom 6:36. (25) Eretz Tzvi 1:97, Morei Horim V’kibudom 6:36. (26) Sharei Ephraim 3:18, Aruch Ha’shulchan 91:2, Kaf Ha’chaim 147:4, Rivevos Ephraim 4:77:52, Minhag Yisroel Torah 141:1, Likras Shabbos 2:24:8. Refer to Doleh U’mashka page 97. (27) Halichos Shlomo Tefilla 12:20:footnote 29. (28) Refer to footnote 26.
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