Annual Torah Cycle

In the observance of the annual cycle of Torah Reading, each week is assigned its own portion of Scripture, or what we refer to as a Parashah. The first Parashah of the year for example is B'resheet (Genesis) and this year 5779 it commenced on 27 Tishrei or October 6, 2018. There are 54 Parshiyot (Parashah plural), one for each week of a leap year, so that in the course of one year, we complete the entire Torah from B'resheet to D'varim (Genesis to Deuteronomy). A leap-year adds an additional 4 weeks (one month) to the usual 12 months, and we refer to this month as: ADAR II. During non-leap years (regular), there are 50 weeks, as a result some of the shorter Parshiyot are doubled up.

The weeks of Pesach (Passover) and Sukkot have different Torah portions assigned to them, so on leap years that leaves 52 weeks to accomplish 54 Parshiyot. This is achieved by doubling up 2 portions, and for non-leap years there remain 48 weeks to accomplish 54 Parshiyot and this is achieved by having 6 double Parshiyot.

This Week's Parasha

Parashah 25 Tzav (Command)
Torah: Vayikra(Leviticus) 6:1-8:36 Haftara: Jeremiah 7:21-8:3, 9:22-23 Brit Chadashah: Matthew 9:10-17   Portion Summary The twenty-fifth reading from the Torah and second reading from the book of Leviticus is called Tzav (צו), which means "Command." The name comes from the first word of Leviticus 6:9, where the LORD says to Moses, "Command Aaron and his sons ......

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Parashah 24 Vayikra (And He called)
Torah: Vayikra(Leviticus) 1:1-5:26 Haftara: Isiah 43:1-44:23 Brit Chadashah: Matthew 5:23-30 Portion Summary The title "Leviticus" is derived from the Greek Septuagint (LXX) version of the Torah. The book of Leviticus is predominantly concerned with Levitical rituals. An older Hebrew name for the book was "The Laws of the Priesthood," but in Judaism today, it is ref...

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Parashah 23 Pekudi (Accounts)
Torah: Shemot(Exodus) 38:21-40:38 Haftara: 1 Kings 7:51-821 Brit Chadashah: Luke 16:1-13   Portion Summary The twenty-third reading from the Torah and last reading from the book of Exodus is called Pekudei (פקודי), which means "Accounts." The first words of the first verse of the reading could be literally translated to read, "These are the accounts (pekudei) of ...

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Parashah 22 Vaya'hel (And he Assembled)
Torah: Shemot(Exodus) 35:1-38:20 Haftara: 1 Kings 7:40-50 Brit Chadashah: Matthew 12:1-13   Portion Summary The twenty-second reading from the Torah and the second-to-last reading from the book of Exodus is called Vayakhel (ויקהל), which means "and he assembled." The name comes from the first words of the first verse of the reading, which could be literally translated...

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