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 (Tabernacles) 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 11 Vayigash
Torah: B'reisheet 44:18-47:27 Haftara: Ezekiel 37:15-28 Brit Chadashah: Luke 24:30-48   Portion Summary The eleventh reading from the book of Genesis is named Vayigash (ויגש), which means "and he came near." The title comes from the first verse of the reading, which says, "Then Judah [came near] him" (Genesis 44:18). The portion begins with the dramatic ...

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Parashah 10 Miketz (The End)
Torah: B'reisheet 41:1-44:17 Haftara: Zechariah 2:14-4:7 Brit Chadashah: Luke 24:13-29   Portion Summary The tenth reading from the book of Genesis is named Miketz (מקץ), which means "the end." The title comes from the first verse of the reading, which says, "Now it happened at the end of two full years that Pharaoh had a dream" (Genesis 41:1). The porti...

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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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