Hagbah

Some people point their little finger at the Torah when it is held up after reading so the whole congregation can see. One explaination of this tradition is:

Rabbi Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg, shlita,gave the following explanation: The Torah lists the ten generations from Noah until Abraham,including Yoktan, who established the largest number of families. Rashi notes that Yoktanmerited establishing so many families due to his great humility as his name indicates (from theroot katan-little). Rabbi Scheinberg went on to explain that when pointing at the Torah we takethis lesson to heart and we point with our smallest finger – the pinkie – to indicate that weshould reach out to try to gain understanding of the Torah with the utmost humility and thusmerit to succeed in this aspiration. Rabbi Chaim Falagie expounds on a second variation of the custom in which the index finger isused for pointing towards the Torah rather than the pinkie. He bases this custom on six consecutive statements in Tehilim the first of which is, “The Torah of Hashem is perfectreviving the soul…”. Each one of these statements is composed of five words corresponding tothe number of fingers of one hand. The second word of each statement is Hashemcorresponding to the second, namely the index finger. In pointing towards the Torah with the index finger we are indicating that every word of the Torah is a Name of Hashem. For that same reason, Rabbi Falagie points out, during the wedding ceremony the ring is placed on theindex finger to signify that Hashem is the unifying force binding husband and wife.
(
 Tehilim (19:8-10).)

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