Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Putting Bells on the Sefer Torah on Shabbat

Putting Bells on the Sefer Torah on Shabbat
Day: Tuesday
Date: October 20, 2015
Parshat: Lech Licha
Yalkut Yosef: O"H: 338

In memory of Adam Eliyahu ben Reina and Asher Avraham ben Tzadika

There is a popular custom to put bells on top of the Sefrei Torah when they are taken out on Shabbat. Simply placing the bells onto the Sefer Torah does not transgress the prohibition against making music on Shabbat. However, it is forbidden to purposely shake the bells so that they will make noise. Doing so is forbidden always, even on Simhat Torah and those who do so should be politely stopped. It is also permissible to open the parochet covering the aron even if hanging from it there are bells that will make noise.

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