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1. There is a dispute about exactly how one should recite the blessing before reading from the Torah.
2. The Gemara explains this dispute (#1).
3. The Gemara discusses the rolling of the Sefer Torah in order to put it back.
4. One should not hold the parchment of the Sefer Torah with his bare hand.
5. Moshe Rabeinu decreed that the laws of each holiday should be learned on that holiday.


1. Rebbi Meir: One opens the Torah, looks at the verse he is going to read, closes the Torah, recites the blessing, and then opens it and reads. Rebbi Yehudah: One opens the Torah, looks at the verse, and recites the blessing (and reads).
2. The reason for Rebbi Meir's method is to prevent people from thinking that the blessings are written in the Torah. Rebbi Yehudah does not believe that people will make this mistake.
3. The Gemara says that this honor should be given to the most esteemed person in the Minyan. The one who receives this honor is given a reward equal to the reward of all of the other honors of being called up to the Torah.
4. Rather, he should move it with a cloth or something else that separates his hand from the parchment.
5. This is derived from the verse, "And Moshe spoke regarding the festivals of Hashem to Bnei Yisrael."

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