May 30, 2010

Being called up to the Torah on a Sunday

NRG (Maariv's online edition) says that Rahm Emannuel's son Zach celebrated his bar mitzvah this morning by being called up to the Torah at Park Davidson, very near to the Kotel.

This despite the best efforts of far-right extremists Itamar Ben-Gvir and Baruch Marzel to stop the affair from taking place. They had partial success in getting the actual party moved over as it is against the law to have food and music where it was planned, but the aliyah near the Kotel still happened.

Not only did the Emannuel family succeed to circumvent the extremists and have the aliyah, they also circumvented the fact that there is no Torah reading on a Sunday morning...

Hey, maybe that is how they fooled the extremists. Marzel and Ben Gvir never expected the Emannuels would have the aliyah l'Torah on a day when there is no Torah reading, so he fooled them and picked Sunday specifically!

Not really such a big "fashla" by such a leading Israeli paper, but still a journalistic "oops".


  1. I wouldn't be surprised if it was true.
    Non-Orthodox congregations will have a Torah reading on a non-standard day for a Bar/Bat Mitzvah to receive an aliyah.

  2. Maybe he was not in fact called to the Torah, but lay tefillin.
    Also, I saw in a comment on another site, someone wrote that one can read from the Torah any day, the reason Monday and Thursday were chosen was so the Torah would be read AT LEAST every 3 days. Don't know how true or common it is however to read on a day other than Monday and Thursday.

  3. Meir - I doubt the Emanuels had that in mind.


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