- Question: If a pile of sefarim fall on the floor why should you first pick all of them up and then kiss all of them instead of kissing each one as you pick each one up?
(A) The Shulchan Aruch (Yoreh Deah 282:1) says that a person has to treat a Sefer Torah with the utmost respect.
(B) In si’if 5 he says one should not throw holy writings even Halacha and agadita sefarim.
(C) The Rema adds that it is forbidden for a Sefer to be upside down and if found upside down it should be turned over. The Beis Lechem Yehuda adds that the Mahari”l would kiss the Sefer when he turn it right side up.
Answer: The other sefarim left on the floor is left in a state of disgrace while you kiss the one you picked up.