Instructions for Lifting the Torah
Cantor will call you (and the person dressing the Torah) up to the lectern immediately after the Torah blessing following the Torah reading.
Facing the congregation, you will lift the Torah for all to see. You will then be seated on the bima still holding the Torah. While you are holding it in your lap, the Cantor will roll the 2 sides together and the person who volunteered to dress the Torah will place the cover and yad (pointer) back on the Torah.
You will remain seated on the bima holding the dressed Torah until it is time to put the Torah back in the ark. Once the Torah has been placed in the ark and the ark has been closed, you may return to your seat in the congregation.
Lifting the Torah is considered an honor and requires a reasonable amount of upper arm strength. Cantor Roskin suggests that if this is your first time lifting the Torah, it may be a good idea to practice. Please contact Cantor Roskin at [email protected] or933-8037 to arrange a quick practice session during the week.