I am in the process of adding Mitzvah observance to my life and becoming a Baal Tshuva. At this time, I davven Shachrit most mornings, but this time of year I can’t start until 6.30am. I get up at 5.30 and read, meditate, etc...to start my day. My question is this, one of the books I’d like to read from is the Daily Dose series that was given to me as a gift, but I’m not sure I can. Technically it includes reading Torah and I have not yet read the blessings over the Torah as it’s too early to wrap Tefillin, so I haven’t davvened. Is there a way I can still do this reading? Can I say the Blessings over the Torah before the rest of Shachrit, before I wrap? Any help on this would be appreciated.
You may and should recite the blessings over the Torah as soon as you awake and wash your hands. These blessings will now be “valid” until the following evening when you go to sleep for the night, meaning that one does NOT recite them again as part of davening, since you have already begun reciting them.