7 Steps to the Perfect P’tikhah (Opening the Ark)
- Come up to the Bimah near the end of Ain Kamokhah (page 117) and stand to the left of the Ark.
- Open the Ark as the Rabbi begins to chant the next paragraph, Vayehi binsoah (2nd paragraph on page 117).
- The string for the curtain is to the left.
- Open left door first.
- Close the Ark before the Reader recites the verses on page 120.
- Follow the Torah during the procession.
- Return to your seat.
- People will bless you with the words “Yasher Koach” (May you be rich in strength).
- Shake their hand and respond “Barukh tihyeh” (you should be blessed).