Talk:Torah reading

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Hebrew naming conventions[edit]

Urgent: see Wikipedia:Naming conventions (Hebrew) to add your opinions about this important matter. Thank you. IZAK 18:05, 11 November 2005 (UTC)

{{Torah portion}}[edit]

FYI: (1) The weekly Torah reading on Shabbat and on Monday and Thursday mornings in all synagogues is based on that week's Parsha (Torah portion). (2) The template {{Torah portion}} is at the bottom of the Torah reading article's page, so essentially it's part of the "See also" section which is a legitimate way of connecting related and connected topics on an article. (3) If a reader finds the {{Torah portion}} to be "too intrusive" then any reader is free to click "Hide" on the top right section of the template's heading which shrinks it to an unobtrusive one liner. Finally, (4) the {{Torah portion}} is presently diligently updated weekly by User:Dauster early each Sunday so that any readers may learn more about the weekly Parsha. User:Dauster summarizes each week's Parsha and adds some interesting graphics which surely adds life and color to a page that may gain the attention of readers who don't know much about this subject and may want to learn more. Please refer all further comments and discussions to one centralized location at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Judaism#Template: Torah portion Thank you. IZAK 09:02, 4 July 2006 (UTC)

Identifying a Kohen or Levite[edit]

Suggest that info about Kohen and Levite names go in their respective articles. Seems a bit peripheral to this Torah reading article. --Shirahadasha 23:45, 27 September 2006 (UTC)


2 Aliyot?[edit]

Technically aren't there only 2 aliyot on Tisha B'Av morning and afternoon as well as the afternoon of minor fast days and Yom Kippur? Instead of a third aliyah we have a maftir, which like Shabbat and Yom Tov mornings, doesn't count toward the number of Aliyot. Anyone agree or disagree with that statement? --Valley2city₪‽ 18:15, 2 May 2007 (UTC)

The maftir is an aliyah, as an aliyah is (strictly speaking) going up to the Torah and bimah. --A More Perfect Onion (talk) 16:32, 31 October 2008 (UTC)

¶ First, I'd like to point out that there is a separate Wiki article, Aliyah (Torah), which is virtually identical to what it here in the Aliyah segment. Second, this (or that) article might want to mention the blessings before and after the Torah reading. I will add as an aside that I have been a member of a (Reform) congregation where the aliyot of a Sabbath Torah reading are regularly monopolized by the bar mitzvah's family, distributed amongst his or her various relatives (this is contrary to traditional rules about the distribution of Aliyot), the relatives saying the blessings and the bar mitzvah or someone else doing the actual leining: It is, week after week, very conspicuously and painfully obvious that some (occasionally all) of those relative given aliyot have never recited the blessings before - nor, maybe, even heard them recited by someone else - as they stumble through the recitation by reading the English transliteration of the Hebrew. For goodness sake people, rehearse the blessings! On the internet, more than a dozen youtubes of people doing the blessings properly, more than a dozen websites with the blessings - in Hebrew and in transliteration - set forth with instructions. Rehearse! Sussmanbern (talk) 12:03, 5 July 2014 (UTC)

Triennial cycle[edit]

Good stuff here[1] but a blog not suitable as an article reference. Has a good summary of the US history of this. Kaisershatner 13:13, 19 October 2007 (UTC)

Discussion about the 54 parshas[edit]

  • REQUEST: Please see the centralized discussion about this subject, relating to sources, links, content, etc at Talk:Chayei Sarah (parsha). Thank you, IZAK (talk) 09:42, 30 July 2012 (UTC)


Blessings of the Aliyah[edit]

¶ I added the benedictions of the oleh because, I discovered, the link provided in the text led to a Wiki article which did NOT include those benedictions. As they seemed not to be within Wiki, I took it upon myself to insert them here. I hope this meets with general approval. Sussmanbern (talk) 23:17, 9 August 2014 (UTC)

¶ I included the comment encouraging people to rehearse the blessing because of my own experience as a member of a large Reform congregation, which has bar mitzvahs every Shabbos, with the aliyot reserved for distribution among the families of the bar mitzvah boys (this is very contrary to Orthodox practice) - and almost every one of those relatives of almost every one of those bar mitzvah boys butcher the benedictions even reading the transliteration in English lettering - not merely showing an ignorance of Hebrew but demonstrating painfully that they never set foot inside a synagogue because, even just sitting inertly one would hear the benedictions properly recited week after week and thereby acquire some familiarity with how they are supposed to sound. So I included this unsubtle hint to encourage people to practice saying the blessings. Sussmanbern (talk) 03:46, 10 August 2014 (UTC)

¶ I notice that my references to Barehu in the first benediction have been deleted. I included them because the Barehu is embodied in the first benediction. Perhaps someone will think it worthwhile to restore my references. PS: Thanks to the editor who corrected my glaring typo. Sussmanbern (talk) 21:15, 17 August 2014 (UTC)