At NPLS our members are regularly invited to perform Mitzvah (religious commandment) and play an active role in our services.
Members are invited to undertake the following roles:
[The Torah blessings are then read (usually by Hagbah – see below), interspersed by the Torah portion (which is usually read by a Rabbi, lay reader or a Bar/Bat Mitzvah) ]
– Re-open the Ark doors for the Scroll to be replaced [p.488]
– Receive the Scroll and hold it up, facing the Ark – this can be very awkward, especially around the New Year when the Scroll is very unbalanced, so please let the Shammas know if you think it may be a problem for you
– Sit with the Scroll while it is re-dressed
– Hand the Scroll to the Rabbi after the Haftarah blessings are finished [p.488]
– Receive the Scroll back and replace it in the Ark
– Close the Ark doors slowly [starting at ‘all its paths are peace/shalom’ on p. 489 and ending, in synchrony with the other door opener, at the end of p. 489 with second ke-kedem]
Torah Blessings [usually performed by Hagbah]
– Say the Torah Blessing before the reading [it is not necessary to repeat the second line of the first Torah blessing, printed in italics, which will be said responsively by the congregation]
– Sit down for the reading to the left-hand side or read the Torah portion. although this is usually performed by the Rabbi
– Say the Torah Blessing after the reading
We look forward to each of our members making Mitzvah. To assist you, we have listed some general points below:
Prayer books should not be placed on the floor.