I am more than a bit puzzled. We have 7 or 8 aliyot at our services - Open the Ark; draw the curtains and close them; take out the Scroll and after, replace it , Haggbah); undress the Scroll and dress it; say the blessings be a witness that the reading is correct: read the special other reading, say the blessing and read from the Prophets. The prize one is for Haggbah, which gave up when I was84 and we have to get a lady to perform this . So the question is, what were the four?
David Harrison, Birmingham, England.
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The “fourth aliyah” is considered a slight because the first two go automatically to a Kohen and a Levi, respectively. So the “third aliyah” is an honor for the rest of the members and the fourth is someone who wasn’t important enough to get the third. At our synagogue, the third aliyah always goes to the Rabbi, but I don’t think anyone cares who gets the fourth aliyah.