I am an, educated, active and practicing Reform Jew who is quite comfortable in more traditional synagogues, but i have knowledge gaps here and there. I attended an Orthodox Synagogue today to celebrate a simcha in my wife’s family and as I followed along with the Torah reading something struck me as odd.
The second Aliyah was excessively long, 2+ columns on the scroll being read (per my son who had the Levi Aliyah as part of the simcha), while the third Aliyah was all of a standard size paragraph. Why is it broken up so unevenly. The Asarei Dibtot are in Aliyah 4 and the Shema began Aliyah 5, so it has nothing to do with those important pieces.