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Why do we only read the Torah-scroll in the synagogue during the daytime?

by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg

  

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Originally, the Maariv service was not mandatory. Therefore the Torah was always read by day, when everyone was obligated to come to the synagogue to pray.

Although today the Maariv is obligatory, we still read the Torah only during the day.


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Torah Reading at Night

Posted by: Zev Steinhardt, Brooklyn, NY on Mar 11, 2005

Actually, there is one time that we do read from the Torah at night - that being the night of Simchat Torah when we read 3 (or 5, according to some customs) portions from the very last section, V'Zos HaB'racha.

Editor's Comment

True, this is the custom in some -- but not all -- communities. The answer explains why the vast majority of Torah readings are done during the day.
Torah
Torah is G–d’s teaching to man. In general terms, we refer to the Five Books of Moses as “The Torah.” But in truth, all Jewish beliefs and laws are part of the Torah.
Maariv
Evening prayer service. One of the three prayers a Jew is obligated to pray every day.