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.  This year, 5780,  began on 1 Tishrei or October 1, 2019. 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 Parashah

Parasha 5 Chayei Sarah
TORAH: GENESIS 23:1-25:18 HAFTARAH: 1 KINGS 1:1-31 BRIT CHADASHHA: JOHN 4:3-14 Portion Summary The fifth reading from the book of Genesis is named Chayei Sarah (חיי שרה). It means "Sarah lived," because the narrative begins with the words "Now Sarah lived one hundred and twenty-seven years" (Genesis 23:1). This portion of the Torah is filled with romance a...

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Parashah 4 Vayera (And he appeared)
Torah: B'reisheet(Genesis) 18:1-22:24 Haftara: 2 Kings 4:1-37 Brit Chadashah: Luke 17:28-37   Portion Summary The fourth reading from the book of Genesis is named Vayera (וירא). It means "And he appeared" because the first story describes how the LORD appeared to Abraham one day as he sat outside his tent. Section Vayera continues with the series of tests of faith...

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Parashah 3 Lech Lecha (Go forth)
Torah: B'reisheet(Genesis) 12:1-17:27 Haftara: Isiah 40:27-41:16 Brit Chadashah: John 8:51-58   Portion Summary The third reading from the book of Genesis is named Lech Lecha (לך לך). It means "go forth." The first verse says, "Now the LORD said to Abram, 'Go forth (lech lecha לך לך) from your country.'" Section Lech Lecha introduces Abraham and ...

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Parashah 2 Noach (Noah)
Portion Summary The second reading in the book of Genesis is named after Noah. In Hebrew, the name Noah is spelled Noach (נח). The word Noach is related to the Hebrew word for "rest." Genesis 5:29 says that his parents named him Noah (Noach נח) because they hoped their son would give them rest (nacham, נחם) from their toil. The contents of section Noah tell the story of Noah's flo...

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