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 17 Yitro (Jethro)
Torah: Shemot(Exodus) 18:1-20:23 Haftara: Isaiah 6:1-7:6, 9:5-6 Brit Chadashah: Matthew 19:16-26   Portion Summary The seventeenth reading from the Torah is named Yitro (יתרו), which is the literal Hebrew behind the name Jethro. The title comes from the first words of the first verse of the reading, which says, "Now Jethro, the priest of Midian, Moses' father-in-law, h...

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Parashah 16 Beshalach (When he sent)
Torah: Shemot(Exodus) 13:17-17:16 haftara: Shoftim(Judges) 4:4-5:31 Brit Chadashah: Matthew 14:22-33   Portion Summary The sixteenth reading from the Torah is named Beshalach (בשלח), which means "When he sent." The title comes from the first verse of the reading, which can be literally translated to say, "And it happened when Pharaoh sent out the people." Th...

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Parashah 15 Bo (Come)
Torah: Shemot(Exodus) 10:1-13:16 haftara: Jeremiah 46:13-28 Brit Chadashah: John 19:31-37   Portion Summary The fifteenth reading from the Torah is named Bo (בוא), which means "Come." The title comes from the first words of the first verse of the reading, which say, "Then the LORD said to Moses, '[Come] to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart" (Exodus ...

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Parasha 14 Va'era (And I appeared)
Brit Chadashah Torah: Shemot(Exodus) 6:2-9:35 haftara: Ezekiel 28:25-29:21 Brit Chadashah: Luke 11:14-22   Portion Summary The second reading from the book of Exodus and fourteenth reading from the Torah is named Va'era (וארא), which means "And I appeared." The title comes from the first words of the second verse of the reading, which says, "And I appeared...

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