If there is only a Levi on this Shabbos (Ki Sisa), how do we go about not giving a Yisroel the Aliya about the Egel Hazahav-golden calf?


If there is no Kohen and only Leviyim and Yisraelim in the minyan, the Levi will receive the first Aliya “Bimkom Kohen” and the Baal Korei should continue reading past Sheni until and including the Passuk (33:7)
וּמשֶׁה֩  יִקַּ֨ח אֶת־​הָאֹ֜הֶל וְנָֽטָה־​ל֣וֹ ׀ מִח֣וּץ לַֽמַּֽחֲנֶ֗ה הַרְחֵק֙  מִן־​הַֽמַּֽחֲנֶ֔ה וְקָ֥רָא ל֖וֹ אֹ֣הֶל מוֹעֵ֑ד וְהָיָה֙  כָּל־​מְבַקֵּ֣שׁ יְהֹוָ֔ה יֵצֵא֙  אֶל־​אֹ֣הֶל מוֹעֵ֔ד אֲשֶׁ֖ר מִח֥וּץ לַֽמַּֽחֲנֶֽה׃, found right before Shlishi.

The remaining Pesukim till Shlishi (33:8-11) will be read as Sheni for Yisroel. Afterwards, the Kriah continues as normal.

Alternatively, the first Aliya is read until Shlishi. The second Aliya till Revi’i. The section between Revi’i and Chamishi (33:17-23) is divided into two Aliyos, with three Pesukim for the first Aliya and four Pesukim for the second Aliya, for Shlishi and Revi’i. Afterwards, everything continues as normal.

You can also divide instead the section between Chamishi and Shishi (34: 1-9) into two, with the first three Pesukim for the first Aliya and the remaining Pesukim for the second Aliya, as Revi’i and Chamishi.

There are many more possible options.

In this way, every Aliya will have at least three Pesukim, the stops will never be in wrong places (within three Pesukim of beginning or end of a Parasha, finishing with something negative) and the Aliya on the Egel Hazav will not be given to a Yisroel.


Q. What about if there is no Levi?

A. If there’s a Kohen – he receives the first two Aliyos (as it’s usually done in such a case), and no special Aliyah division needs to be made.

If there’s no Kohen or Levi present – then all Aliyos are given to Yisroelim following the regular division, without the need to split up the Aliyos.

כה״ח תכח, לז.



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