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Steps for Aliyah

Steps for Aliyah

How to Have an Aliyah to the Torah

  1. Proper attire demonstrates respect for the Torah.
  2. An usher will inform you when to go up to the bima at the front of the sanctuary. The usher will also tell you the name or number of the aliyah you are receiving. Please try to remember the number, either in Hebrew or English.
  3. Normally people sit on the right side of the bima from the congregation’s perspective (“stage left”). When it is your turn for an aliyah, the cantor will call you up in Hebrew using the name of your aliyah. Someone close by will signal you when to go up also, in case you are not familiar with the Hebrew formula (“Ya’amod” or Ta’amod)
  4. You will need to know your Hebrew name, as that is how you are called up to the Torah. Your Hebrew consists of your Hebrew name followed by your father’s (and mother’s) Hebrew name.
    •  For a man: Shmuel ben Avraham (v’Rivkah)
    • For a woman: Shmulit bat Avraham (v’Rivkah)
  5. Before beginning to say the blessing before the Torah is read, the Torah reader will point to where the reading will begin. You will then touch that word either with the corner of your tallit (prayer shawl); or if you are a woman whose custom is not to wear a tallit, you will touch the word with the Torah sash (avnet). You will then recite the blessing. Click here to find the blessings in Hebrew and English.
  6. After the Torah reading, you will again touch your tallit or the avnet on the word that the Torah reader shows you. You will then say the blessing recited after the Torah is read.
  7. When you have finished, you remain standing to the right of the Torah through the next person’s aliyah. When that person has finished his or her aliyah, you may return to your seat.

Mazal Tov! Congratulations on the great honor of being called up to the Torah.

Sun, 23 April 2017 27 Nisan 5777