Parasha Rechalim

This page describes the ceremonies around Torah reading for Pesach (fist and last days), Shavuot and Sukkot (first days & Shemini Atzeret). Simchat Tora has its own page.

Recordings: NN tape 3b from minute 15’23:59, tape 4 till 5’02:52, LAV, NRP, JBS and Santo
Most recordings are taken from a regular Shabbat. Therfore the wording is not always precise. E.g. the "
Melhorades Festas" addition in the Mi Sheberach is not mentioned in the recording.




Hashcavah (abbreviated text) for members deceased in the last eleven months, read from the eleven months register”; always start with a man. 



Hagomel, if requested, see below


הגומל, מי שברך

From 2nd day Pesach till last day, to remind those who forgot to count Omer that they still can count without beracha.


Os Senhores que não contaram o comer, o contarão sem benção

If the 7th day of Pesach or Shemini Atzeret are on Shabbat, there is mid-week torah reading after Yom Tov. This pregão is to inform the persons who were honoured with mitzvoth at this morning are entitled to the same mitzvoth for Mincha and workdays after Yom Tov (mitzvoth are assigned for the whole week, excluded Yom Tov)


Estas mitvot servem também para esta tarde e o resto da semana.

Chazzan bows to the president /Parnas to invite him to the Tebah.

Assigning of the Mitzvoth (honours). On the first two days of Sukkot the Sefer Hoshanot is assigned too, unless it is Shabbat. 


מי שברך

Shamash opens the Heichal; Shamash takes the rimonim for levantar (Ashk, “hagbaha”) from the Heichal and holds on to them; the person honoured with Abrir (abridor) walks to the Heichal; while the Congregation chants  “uva letzion goel” the Heichal is closed by the Shamash and is then opened again by the Abridor






The abridor takes the ponteiro (yad) from the Sefer and holds on to it.

Tefillot 226

מי שברך ... מדינת ישראל
מי שברך ... חיילים

The Chazzan bows towards the Heichal; Chazzan & Parnas go to Heichal. The chazzan precedes but at the gate before the Heichal he gives precedence to the Parnas. In front of the Heichal the Abridor hands the ponteiro (yad) to the parnas.


כוהניך ילבשו צדק

Before the Heichal, Mi Sheberach is said for Abridor, levador (carrier of the sefer) and acompanhador (who walks in front of the sefer and holds the cloak)


מי שברך

At Gadelu the levador takes two Sefarim out of the Heichal. Then they walk to the Tebah in the following order:

Acompanhador, levador 1st, 2nd sefer (the sefarim inclines forward, it does not rest on the shoulder,), Parnas, Chazzan, Shamash. At the Tebah, the Shamash places the rimonim for levantar on the reader’s desk, the Chazzan stands on the left side of the desk, the Parnas on the right side. The two boys remove the rimonim or crown from the first Sefer and put them on the placeholders in front of the Tebah. The Acompanhador takes off the capa (Torah mantle). The boy who was honoured with Ets Haim holds the sefer horizontally whilst the other boy, who was appointed desenfaixador, unwinds the sefer and together they wind up the fiaxa (band) from the sepfer. The Chazzan times his slow repetition of “Kie Shem ....” so that he finishes withותנו כבוד לתורה  precisely when the levador places the sefer on the reader’s desk.


גדלו ליי
רוממו ... ותנו כבוד לתורה

Festive melody

The levantador opens the first sefer, the Chazzan and the parnas place the levantar rimonim on sefer, and while the levantador raises it aloft, the Congregation exclaims “Torat Moshe Emet”. 

When the levantador turns to the left, towards the president, those facing the script say ‘Vezot ...’. Then he turns three more times counterclockwise until all have faced the script and recited these words.

Finally he faces the hehal and all the worshippers say “Ha’El ...” while the sefer is lowered back onto the reader’s desk.

Chazzan and Parnas place the levantar rimonim on their stands at the front corners of the Tebah, while the chazzan repeats “Ha’El..”.  The acompanhador takes his place a few steps behind where those called to the Torah will be standing. The Parnas hands the ponteiro to the Chazzan.


תורת משה אמת






וזאת התורה..




האל תמים דרכו..

A subinte (congregant called to the Torah) is summoned by the Chazzan. He takes the nearest stairs on his way up the Tebah, and the other stairs when he goes down after the reading. On the stairs he sais א'דנם עמכם (G’ds name in full). If he was already on the tebah this is not said.



After the beracha and before the reading, the congregant turns clockwise and bows towards the one who was previously called and who is now standing behind him. Thus the Cohen nods to the acompanhador, the Levi to the Cohen, etc. The one previously called now takes a seat on the bench on the Tebah and stays there until the end of the reading of the next Subinte, upon which he returns to his own seat. The acompanhador of course remains on the Tebah.


ברכות לעולה

Order: In general, 5 are called: Cohen, Levi and three, in order of importance: 5-3-4 or 3-5-4. On shabbat, 7 are called: Cohen, Levi and five, in order of importance: 7-3-6-4-5 or 3-7-6-4-5.

6th is samuch, 7th is mashlim.



Beracha after the reading


ברכות לעולה

Hagomel can be said by the subinte after the reading, 


It can also be said separately either before the Parasha or after the service. Then the person, man or woman, who says the Hagomel, opens the Heichal. It requires Minyan. A Mi Sheberach always follows Hagomel.



המברך: ב'א'יי'א'מ'ה הגמל לחייבים טובות, שגמלני כל טוב.

החזן: הא'ל אשר גמלך כל טוב וחן וחסד, וחמלה, יתברך ויתרומם על כל ברכה ותהילה, הוא ברחמיו ישמרך, ויגמלך לעד כל טוב סלה
מי שברך

A subinte can have the chazzan make Hashcavah [1] and Mi Sheberach.
After a Hashcava, a Mi Sheberach is obligatory: um (one) Euro
למנוחת הנפש הנזכרת,
 מנוחתה תהא בגן עדן

At the end of his Mi Sheberach, he takes a few steps backward and stands put until the next subinte finishes his initial beracha.

Short (man or woman)
starting for
Chacham here
for man with title
ending for all


מי שברך לעולה


P.S. do Senhor N.N. que Deos che concede Melhorades Festas 
(not in recording: For the health of Senhor N.N. may G'd grant you excellent Holidays)

After finishing reading the first sefer:

Kaddish by Chazzan, followed by Mi sheberach for the Subinte
The undressing of the second sefer is done during the Mi Sheberach and not during the reading itself. The sefer is then covered with the mantle until needed..


קדיש לעילא

מי שברך לעולה

Whilst the second sefer is put on the reader’s desk and the previous one is removed, the Chazan says “E. Tzeva’ot...  Ein KaEl Yeshurun ...”.

Both sefarim are redressed during the Haftarah.

When the levador holds the sefer, e.g. during the Haftarah, he holds is in his hands leaning forward, not resting on his shoulder, nor does he put it in a holder or alike.


אלהי'ם צבאות השיבנו והאר פניך ונושעה. אין כא'ל ישורון רכב שמים בעזרך, ובגאותו שחקים

The Maftir is called by the single word “Maftir”.

At the end of the Torah reading the Chazzan hands the ponteiro to the Parnas.



On Simchat Tora followed by
מי שברך


קדיש לעילא

The Parnas signals to the Maftir by saying ‘bechavod’. That he may begin the reading.

During the Haftarah de Chazzan stands on the left of the reader’s desk and remains there until “Mizmor leDavid.” The boys redress the sefarim.



ברכות לפני ההפטרה

Goaleinu is song by the congregation and repeated by the Maftir


ברכות אחרי ההפטרה
ברכת על התורה

Mi Sheberach for the Congregation


מי שברך לקהלה

Mincha will be at (2 o'clock)
Table Mincha times


Mincha se rezará esta tarde … horas

The Chazzan and the Parnas remove the levantar rimonim from the front corners of the readers desk and place them in easy reach for retrieval by the Shamash




יהי חסדך יי עלינו כאשר יחלנו לך 



ברוך יי .. only on Shabbat
The Abridor and the Shamash (carrying the levantar rimonim) walk towards the Heichal 


ברוך יי ...
יהי ה' ...  בכל אשר תלך

The chazzan from left corner of Tebah, chants yimloh twice, each time repeated by the congregation. He kisses the sefer. The abridor opens the Heichal before the first yimloch. The Shamash places the levantar rimonim back in the Heichal.



Festive melody

The congregation sings Mizmor ledavid. The Chazzan, while starting the first two words, bows towards the Heichal. The procession returns to the Heichal in the following order: acompanhador, levador sefer carrier, 1st, 2nd (same order as they were brought), Chazzan, Parnas (carrying the ponteiro). At the gate before the Heichal the Chazzan lets the Parnas enter first. At arrival the sefer is placed in the Heichal, the Parnas hands the ponteiro to the Abridor, who tucks it into the band wrapped around the sefer.


מזמור לדוד

Festive melody

A mi sheberach may be recited in front of the Heichal, if requested


ה' יברך ... מי שברך

At the word “Uvnucho” Chazzan bows to Heichal, and walks back to Tebah. Then the Abridor closes the Heichal and all return to their seats. 


שובה למענך ... אלפי ישראל

Hashcava for members buried at the Ouderkerk centenary in the preceding week are made on the following days, if they fall on Shabbat:

1st day Pesach (178L)

8th day Pesach  those buried in Medianos (188L)

2nd day Shavuot (182L)

1st day Sukkot (192R) of mincha??

·         Family & friends can make a Mi Sheberach. Family in a first Mi Sheberach, offering any amount, Officials and friends in a second Mi Sheberach, offering "hum" (one euro). 



If there is a derasha, the chazzan says “Bechabod




[1] Hascavah is made in the week following the yarzheit (Remembrance Day), see SD page 173, 2nd paragraph.


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