I have been requested by a friend to read the Torah when his son becomes a Bar Mitzvah. Is this considered too celebratory during my year of mourning? The book I have been referring to on death and mourning is not clear on this issue. Your interpretation and feedback is important to me.

Thank you, Jay

Dear Jay,

Thanks for the question. I see no reason why you would not be able to read Torah during this year of mourning for you, especially since you are past the shloshim 30-day mark which has the strictest rules. So, my answer is go ahead and accept the honor of reading Torah.

All the best. Shanah tovah and a great year to everyone.

Rabbi Ron

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