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Blessings Before and After the Torah Reading
Whether reading from the Torah yourself or having the honor of saying the blessing when someone else is reading the Torah (an honor is known as an "aliyah"), rest assured that you needn't memorize the blessings. Not only are they listed in your prayer book, but most synagogues will have a cheat sheet next to the Torah in large print Hebrew and transliteration (Hebrew written in English characters).
Watch the video to see Becky Silverstein, the rabbinic intern at Kehillath Israel in Brookline, MA, demonstrate saying the blessings before and after the Torah is read:
Practice on your own with the audio:
- blessings before the Torah is read:
- blessing after the Torah is read:
And download our Torah Blessings (pdf), with the English, Hebrew and transliteration for the blessings. Read along while listening to the audio!
The first five books of the Hebrew Bible (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy), or the scroll that contains them.