Sample Text: Megillah 24a

Shulhan 'Arukh

Orah Hayyim 53:6

We only appoint a person who has a full beard, in deference to the honour of the congregation.

However on an occasional basis, one who has reached puberty is permitted to go down before the ark, provided that he is not officially appointed by the community, or by a cantor who is hiring him in order to lighten his workload by praying in his place on specified occasions.

Orah Hayyim 128:34

A minor who has not reached puberty may not lift his hands at all by himself. However if he is doing so together with adult Priests, then he lifts [his hands] in order to learn and practice.

And a person who has reached puberty may lift his hands even by himself.

However this is true only on an occasional basis, but not as a permanent practice, until he has a full beard. At that point he may even lift his hands by himself on a permanent basis.

And if one has reached the age where a man's beard would normally be full, even though his is not full, is considered as if his beard is actually full.

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