Hand Signs

It is a tradition in many synagogues for one (or both) of the gabbaiim to make hand gestures to indicate the proper trope to the Torah reader. Below is a set of these gestures that can help with both reading and practicing a Torah portion.

Trope Hand Signal Trope Hand Signal Trope Hand Signal Trope Hand Signal
אתנחת֑א
Etnakhta
מונ֣ח
Munakh
תפח֖א
Tipkha
מרכ֥א
Merkha
Trope Hand Signal Trope Hand Signal
סוף־פסוֽק
Sof Passuk
מרכ֥א
Merkha
Trope Hand Signal
סיף־אלייֽה
Sof Aliyah

Trope Hand Signal Trope Hand Signal Trope Hand Signal Trope Hand Signal
זקף־קט֔ן
Zakef Katan
מונ֣ח
Munakh
פשט֙א
Pashta
מהפ֤ך
Mapakh
Trope Hand Signal Trope Hand Signal
זקף־גד֕ול
Zakef Gadol
ית֚יב
Yitiv

Trope Hand Signal Trope Hand Signal Trope Hand Signal Trope Hand Signal
רב֗יע
R'via
מונ֣ח
Munakh
מונח־לגרמ֣ה ׀ 
Munakh Legarme
גרש֞ים
Gershayim

Trope Hand Signal Trope Hand Signal Trope Hand Signal Trope Hand Signal
תב֛יר
T'vir
מרכ֥א
Merkha
פז֡ר
Pazer
מונ֣ח
Munakh

Trope Hand Signal

דרג֧א
Darga

Trope Hand Signal Trope Hand Signal Trope Hand Signal Trope Hand Signal
סג֒יל
Segol
מונ֣ח
Munakh
זרק֘א
Zarka
מונ֣ח
Munakh

Trope Hand Signal Trope Hand Signal Trope Hand Signal Trope Hand Signal
אזלא־ג֜רש
Azla Geresh
קדמ֨א
Kadma
תלישה־קטנה֩
T'lisha Kitanah
מונ֣ח
Munakh
Trope Hand Signal Trope Hand Signal
קדמ֨א ואזל֜א
Kadma V'Azla
ת֠לישה־גדולה
T'lisha Gidolah