Congratulations! You have been given the honor of being called up for an aliya, in which you will chant the blessings before and after the reading of the Torah. Here is a brief guide to this honor:
- When your name is announced, walk up to the bima.
- If you are wearing a prayer shawl, the Rabbi or Torah reader will point to the word on the scroll where he or she will begin reading. Take the tzitzit (fringes) from a corner of your prayer shawl and touch them to the word; you may bring the tzitzit to your lips as an expression of your love for the Torah.
- Recite the "Blessing Before the Reading of the Torah" (see below).
- The Torah reader will chant the portion.
- At its conclusion, the Rabbi or Torah reader will point to the final word that was read. Again, touch it with the tzitzit as noted above.
- Recite the "Blessing After the Reading" (see below).
(The text of the blessings, in both Hebrew and transliteration, will be available for your use at the Torah reading table.)
To listen to the audio files of these blessings, click on the file below. They may download slowly, so be patient!