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 9 Vayeshev (and he dwelt)
Torah: B'reisheet 37:1-40:23 Haftara: Amos 2:6-3:8 Brit Chadashah: Matthew 1:18-25     Portion Summary The ninth reading from the book of Genesis is named Vayeshev (וישב), which means "and he dwelt." The title comes from the first verse of the reading, which says, "Now Jacob [dwelt] in the land where his father had sojourned, in the land of Canaan&quo...

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Parasha 8 Vayishlach (He Sent)
Torah: B'rsheet 32:3-36:43 Haftarah: Hosea 11:7-12:12, Obadiah 1:1-21 B'rit Chadasha: Matthew 2:13-23    Portion Summary The eighth reading from the book of Genesis is named Vayishlach (וישלח), which means "and he sent." The title comes from the first verse of the reading, which says, "Then Jacob sent messengers before him to his brother Esau in the ...

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Parasha 7 Vayetze
TORAH: Genesis 28:10-32:2 HAFTARA: Hosea 12:12-14:10 B'RIT CHADASHAH: John 1:41-51 Portion Summary The seventh reading from the book of Genesis is named Vayetze (ויצא), which means "and he went out." The title comes from the first verse of the reading, which says, "And Jacob went out from Beersheba" (Genesis 28:10 KJV). This portion tells the story of Jacob'...

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Parasha 6 Toldot
TORAH: 25:19-28:9 HAFTARAH: MALACHI 1:1-2:7 BRIT CHADASHHA: MATTHEW 10:21-38 Portion Summary The sixth reading from the book of Genesis is named Toldot (תולדות), which means "generations." It is so named because the Torah portion begins with the words "Now these are the records of the generations of Isaac" (Genesis 25:19). Toldot tells us the story of the...

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