It's Thursday again so it's time for the another PITYI. Today's PITYI is another that made an appearance on Pesach. He is the Assistant to the Ba'al K'riyah. It is his job to assist the Ba'al Kriyah when he gets up to the parts that anyone who has been attending a minyan for the last 35 years should be able to lein, regardless of any leining abilities, background or training.
His favorite pesukim include (but are not limited to):
Esther 6:9, 6:11
The entirety of the leinings for a Ta'anis or Rosh Chodesh
He of course does not only choose specific pesukim to help out with, but likes to show his knowledge of leining by the end of each alliyah.
Now, I do jest about certain things on this blog, but this actually has Halachic ramifications. The Kehilah is required to hear leining from someone reading from a kosher Sefer Torah (i.e. The Ba'al K'riyah) and when someone overpowers the aforementioned Ba'al K'riyah by leining any part of the k'riyah oput loud, it can be a serious problem for those who heard the Assistant louder than the actual Ba'al K'riyah or even simply could not discern between the two. I have not figured out a solution to this yet. Ask your LOR.
Anyway, back to the post. The Assistant to the Ba'al K'riyah may leave his mark elsewhere in davening as well. His favorite part is on a chag or when Rosh Chodesh falls out on Shabbos. He loves to be the one to remind the chazan that the nusach changes after kedusha. He is louder at that time than anybody else and to tell you the truth, it has been helpful to me as a ba'al tefilah, so I don't complain about it...much. It's still annoying.