Home Subscribe Services Support Us
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Chapter 140:3
The Four Special Torah Readings

3. There are certain authorities who rule that the obligation to read "Parashas Zachor" and "Parashas Porah" stems from the Torah itself ("De'oraisa") (1). Accordingly, a child (under 13 years old) should not be called up [to read these Parashas for the congregation] (2). Similarly, people living in outlying villages where there is no "Minyan" (ten adult males) should go to a place [where they can hear these readings] with a "Minyan." If this is impossible, at the very least, they should read these passages with the proper cantillation notes.


(1) Most later authorities rule that the reading of "Parashas Porah" is a rabbinical mitzvah, not a Biblical one (Mishna Berura 685:15).

(2) Since these readings are Biblical obligations, the reader must be Biblically obligated himself so that the congregation can fulfill their obligation through him. This cannot be achieved by a child under 13 years old, because he is not Biblically obligated to perform the commandments.


Back Paragraph 2 Table of Contents  


Halacha-Yomi, Copyright © 2004




View Complete List

Two Types of Perfection
Shlomo Katz - 5769

Rabbi Raymond Beyda - 5766

The Case For Achdus
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5763

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Taken For Granted
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5760

Whose Torah?
Shlomo Katz - 5761

Kingly Honour
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5766

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

"Lo Sachmod": Two Approaches
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5770

How Many Torahs are There Anyway?
Shlomo Katz - 5760

Divine Authenticity of Torah
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5772


An Investment In Our Future
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5759

Earning The Celestial Academy Award
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5774

Why 2K And Yisro
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5759

> Growth in Torah - Getting Over the Baby Steps
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5763

Talmud Torah: Learning for Life
Rabbi Osher Chaim Levene - 5767

Divine Computers
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5760

Patience For One's Parents
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5758

Project Genesis Home

Torah Portion

Jewish Law



Learn the Basics




Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base


About Us

Contact Us

Free Book on Geulah! Home Copyright Information