|Picture Credit: Jerusalem Vistas|
In this brief clip, the men have on their Tefillin and Tallit and raise the Torah Scroll (Hagbahah) before the Haftorah (selections from the books of Nevi'im "Prophets" of the Hebrew Bible "Tanach"). Of course, customs vary around the world, from one community to another, but from the sages we learn the following:
“When the Torah scroll (is about to be read) he rolls out the scroll to show three columns, raises it and shows the people standing to his right and to his left, and then turns it forward and backwards, for it is a mitzvah for all the men and women to see the writing and say while bowing, V’zot HaTorah:
"And this is the Torah which Moses placed before the Children of Israel’...Deuteronomy 4:44; and
"The Torah of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul"...Psalm 19:8*
*The second verse is (generally) no longer said. The information provided is for "general knowledge". The customs vary depending on many things, such as residing inside Israel or in other countries, and the traditions of the community, and strictness of observance.
If you come to Jerusalem, we encourage you to pay a visit to the Kotel and observe the various Minyans at prayer. Meanwhile as we enter into the weekend and the Holiest day of the week~Saturday (Shabbat) for Jews, and Sunday for Christian believers~here is a short clip to set the mood...Shabbat Shalom to All!
Raising the Torah Scroll~Hagbahah (Lifting)
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