Sunday, April 26, 2009

A minor milestone, to my surprise

I knew that I hadn't leined/been baalat koreh/been a Torah reader in a while, but I forgot that, in the interim, I'd broken both wrists and undergone surgery twice. Boy, was I surprised when I reached out to take the yad and realised that I was not only about to put a large metallic object on or near the scar on my palm from my carpal tunnel surgery, I was also going to wind the yad's metal chain around my surgical-scarred wrist so that it wouldn't scrape against the klaf (parchment) and damage the lettering. Fortunately, holding the yad didn't hurt me, and my reading of the maftir aliyah for Shabbat Rosh Chodesh went perfectly. Next week, I'm going to be the baalat tefillah (service leader) for Musaf. The olde leiner and service leader is back in business.


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