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 36 Beha'alotcha (When you Ascend)
Torah: Bamidbar(Numbers) 8:1-12:15 Haftara: Zechariah 2:14-4:7 Brit Chadashah: Matthew 14:14-21   Portion Summary The third reading from the book of Numbers and the thirty-sixth reading from the Torah is called Beha'alotcha (בהעלותך), a word that literally means "When you ascend." It comes from the first verse of the portion, which could literally be translated as...

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Parashah 35 Nasso (Take)
Torah: Bamidbar(Numbers)  4:21-7:89 Haftara: Judges 13:2-5 Brit Chadashah: Luke 1:11-20   Portion Summary The second reading from the book of Numbers and the thirty-fifth reading from the Torah is called Nasso (נשא), a word that literally means "lift up." It comes from the first word of the second verse in Hebrew, which could literally be translated to say, "...

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Parashah 34  Bamidbar (In the Wilderness)
Torah: Bamidbar(Numbers)  1:1-4:20 Haftara: Hosea 2:1-22 Brit Chadashah: Matthew 4:1-17   Portion Summary The Hebrew name of the fourth book of the Torah (also the name of the first reading) is Bamidbar (במדבר), which means "In the wilderness." It comes from the first words of the first verse, which say, "Then the LORD spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sin...

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Parashah 33 Bechukotai (In My Statutes)
Torah: Vayikra(Leviticus)  26:3-27:34 Haftara: Jeremiah 16:19-17:14 Brit Chadashah: Matthew 16:20-28   Portion Summary The last reading from the book of Leviticus is called Bechukotai (בחקותי), which means "In My Statutes." The name comes from the first verse of the reading, which begins with the words "If you walk in My statutes ..." (Leviticus 26:3). ...

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