Is it considered gayvah during hagbahah to open the Torah scroll more then 4 columns wide or is it considered mitzvha min hamuvchar like buying an expensive esrog for succos?

Answer:

Maseches Sofrim (chap. 14) writes that one should open the Torah up to three columns, and Magen Avraham (134:3) writes that this can be interpreted to mean specifically three columns. Therefore, one should not open the Torah beyond three columns, and doing so is not considered a mitzvah min hamuvchar.

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