Torah Honor

11 Steps to the Perfect Aliyah

  1. Come to the Bimah (pulpit) at the appropriate time.
  2. State your Hebrew name (yours and your parents’) clearly to the Rabbi or Torah Reader.
  3. Stand on right-hand side of the Torah Reader.
  4. Allow the Torah Reader to show you the place in the Torah and kiss it with tzitzit (fringes)or prayer book.
  5. Take hold of the handles (atzei chayim) and say first blessings (Transliterated on Card).
  6. Look on with reader. 
  7. At end of reading, kiss the place in the Torah that the reader shows you with tzitzit (fringes) or prayer book.
  8. Take hold of the handles (atzei chayim) and recite blessing for after the reading (Transliterated on Card).
  9. Move to other side of reader (to the left of the Torah).
  10. After the next aliyah, return to your seat. People will bless you with the words “Yasher Koach” (May you be rich in strength).
  11. Shake their hand and respond “Barukh tihyeh” (you should be blessed).
Blessing before the reading of the Torah

The person who is called to the Torah (Oleh/Olah) says:

Transliteration: Bar’chu et Adonai ham’vorach.

Translation: Bless Adonai who is blessed.

Congregation responds:

Transliteration: Baruch Adonai ham’vorach l’olam va-ed.

Blessed is Adonai who is blessed now and forever.

The Oleh/Olah responds:

Transliteration: Baruch Adonai ham’vorach l’olam va-ed.

Blessed is Adonai who is blessed now and forever.

 

The Oleh/Olah then says:

torah-blessings

Transliteration: Baruch atah, Adonai Eloheinu, Melech haolam, asher bachar banu mikol haamim,
v’natan lanu et Torato. Baruch atah, Adonai, notein haTorah.

Translation: Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the universe, who has chosen us from
among the peoples, and given us the Torah. Blessed are You, Adonai, who gives the Torah.

Blessing after reading Torah

When the reading concludes, the Oleh/Olah says:

Transliteration: Baruch atah, Adonai Eloheinu, Melech haolam, asher natan lanu Torat emet, v’chayei olam nata b’tocheinu. Baruch atah, Adonai, notein haTorah.

Translation: Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the universe, who has given us a Torah of truth, implanting within us eternal life. Blessed are You, Adonai, who gives the Torah.