Originally published 3/14/11, 10:00 am.
The Mishnah explicitly prohibits skipping during the Torah Reading.
Kehatti quoting Bavli finds a contradictory Mishnah in Yoma 7:1 that the Cohein Gadol skipped around when reading on Yom Kippur.
The Bavli's resolution? To limit the prohibition to the case when changing the inyan. We follow this Halachah which allows us to skip a passage in Vaychal during Fast Days
Note, there are other possible resolutions. For example, the Talmud could have stated:
A. The Mishnayot are in conflict due to different Tannaim
B. An exemption was made ONLY for the Cohein Gadol on Yom Kippur.
Gaonim and Rishonim did the same thing to the Talmud, that is to resolve contradictions by means of dialectic or Hilluq, and to not presume that the Talmud resolved all such cases itself
BE"H in part 2 - we shall examine a pertinent case regarding reading M'gilat Esther on Purim.