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?


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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