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 32 Behar (On the Mountain)
Torah: Vayikra(Leviticus)  25:1-26:2 Haftara: Jeremiah 32:6-27 Brit Chadashah:  Luke 4:14-22   Portion Summary The thirty-second reading from the Torah and second-to-last reading from the book of Leviticus is called Behar (בהר), which means "On the Mountain." The name comes from the first words of the first verse of the reading, which could be literally tran...

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Parashah 31 Emor (Speak)
Torah: Vayikra(Leviticus)  21:1-24:23 Haftara: Ezekiel 44:15-31 Brit Chadashah:  Matthew 26:59-66   Portion Summary The thirty-first reading from the Torah is called Emor (אמור), a title that comes from the first verse of the reading, which says, "Then the LORD said to Moses, 'Speak (emor) to the priests, the sons of Aaron ...'" (Leviticus 21:1). Emo...

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Parashah 30 Kedoshim (Holy)
Torah: Vayikra(Leviticus)  19:1-20:27 Haftara: Amos 9:7-15 Brit Chadashah: Mark 12:28-34   Portion Summary The thirtieth reading from the Torah and seventh reading from Leviticus is named Kedoshim (קדושים), which mean "holy." The title comes from the words in Leviticus 19:2, which says, "You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy." Leviticus 19 ...

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Parashah 29 Acharei Mot (After the Death)
Torah: Vayikra(Leviticus)  16:1-18:30 Haftara: Ezekiel 22:1-19 Brit Chadashah: Matthew 15:10-20, Mark 12:28-34   Portion Summary The twenty-ninth reading from the Torah and sixth reading from Leviticus is named Acharei Mot (אחרי מות), two words that mean "after the death." The title comes from the first words of the first verse of the reading, which say, "No...

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