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The custom of ikuv kriya ‏(delaying the reading of the Torah‏) developed among Jewish communities in the Diaspora when there were prolonged periods of want, distress and atrophy. Its meaning: To prevent desecration of God's name, or to protest an outrageous injustice that everyone was ignoring, it was permitted to stop reading the Torah ‏(the pinnacle of holy worship‏) and to shout out against the injustice and...