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 19 Terumah (Contributions)

Torah: Shemot(Exodus) 25:1-27:19

Haftara: 1 Kings 5:26-6:13

Brit Chadashah: Mark 12:35-44


Portion Summary

The nineteenth reading from the Torah is named Terumah (תרומה). In Exodus 25:2, the LORD commanded Moses to "tell the sons of Israel to [take] a contribution for Me." The word translated as "contribution" is terumah (תרומה), which is the name of this Torah portion. Terumah is a word with no real English equivalent. In the Torah, terumah refers to a certain type of offering dedicated to the Temple, like a tithe or firstfruits offering. In Exodus 25, the contribution is for the building of a holy place. This Torah reading is occupied with the instructions for the building of the Tabernacle and its furnishings.


Portion Outline

    • Torah
      • Exodus 25:1 | Offerings for the Tabernacle
      • Exodus 25:10 | The Ark of the Covenant
      • Exodus 25:23 | The Table for the Bread of the Presence
      • Exodus 25:31 | The Lampstand
      • Exodus 26:1 | The Tabernacle
      • Exodus 26:15 | The Framework
      • Exodus 26:31 | The Curtain
      • Exodus 27:1 | The Altar of Burnt Offering
      • Exodus 27:9 | The Court and Its Hangings
    • Prophets
      • 1Ki 5:1 | Preparations and Materials for the Temple
      • 1Ki 6:1 | Solomon Builds the Temple


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