These days, not too many at Rabbi Wolkoff’s synagogue, Congregation B’nai Tikvah, get to lift the Torah scrolls. Women, in particular, have felt excluded. While this is a proudly egalitarian synagogue where women take part in all rituals, virtually none raise the heavier scrolls since the effort requires both skill and muscle. Most women aren’t up to it. (via When Handling Precious Scrolls, Torah Lifters Pray for Successful Hoist - WSJ.com)
I was super paranoid the first time I did it.