How to hold the Sefer Torah-Right hand versus left hand

How to hold the Sefer Torah:[1]

The Sefer Torah is to be held by one’s right side. This applies both to the Chazan, and to the person who removes the Torah from the ark to hand it to the Chazan. [Even one who is left-handed is to hold the Sefer Torah on his right side.[2] However, if he fears dropping the Sefer Torah, then he may hold it by his left.[3]]


[1] Rama 134:2; See Piskeiy Teshuvos 134:11

[2] Shaareiy Efraim 10:2; M”B 282:1; Shaar Hatziyon 282:2; Piskeiy Teshuvos 134 footnote 54

Other opinions: Some Poskim rule that a lefty is to hold the Sefer Torah by his left side. [P”M 141 M”Z 3; 134 A”A 5 leaves this matter in question]

[3] Shaareiy Efraim ibid

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