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 21 Ki Tisa (When you lift up)
Torah: Shemot(Exodus) 30:11-34:35 Haftara: 1 Kings 18:1-39 Brit Chadashah: Mark 9:1-10   Portion Summary Ki Tisa (כי תשא), the twenty-first reading from the Torah, literally means "when you lift up." It comes from the first words of the second verse of the reading, which could be literally rendered, "When you lift up the head of the sons of Israel to reckon them&...

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Parashah 20 Tetzaveh (You shall command)
Torah: Shemot(Exodus) 27:20-30:10 Haftara: Ezekiel 43:10-27 Brit Chadashah: Matthew 5:13-20   Portion Summary Tetzaveh is the twentieth reading from the Torah. Tetzaveh (תצוה) means "You shall command," as in the first verse of the reading, which says, "You shall [command] the sons of Israel, that they bring you clear oil of beaten olives for the light, to make a...

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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 T...

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Parashah 18 Mishpatim (Judgments)
Torah: Shemot(Exodus) 21:1-24:18 Haftara: Jeremiah 34:8-22, 33:25-26 Brit Chadashah: Matthew 26:20-30   Portion Summary The eighteenth reading from the Torah is named Mishpatim (משפטים), which means "judgments." The title comes from the first words of the first verse of the reading, which could be literally translated to say, "And these are the judgments which yo...

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