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 14 Va'era (And I appeared)
Brit Chadashah Torah: Shemot(Exodus) 6:2-9:35 haftara: Ezekiel 28:25-29:21 Brit Chadashah: Luke 11:14-22   Portion Summary The second reading from the book of Exodus and fourteenth reading from the Torah is named Va'era (וארא), which means "And I appeared." The title comes from the first words of the second verse of the reading, which says, "And I appeared...

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Parashah 13 Shemot(Exodus)
Torah: Shemot(Exodus) 1:1-6:1 Haftara: Isiah 27:6-28, 29:22-23 Brit Chadashah: Matthew 2:1-12   Portion Summary Shemot (שמות) is both the title for the second book from the scroll of the Torah and the title of the first Torah portion therein. Shemot means "names." The English-speaking world calls this book Exodus. The Hebrew title for the book comes from the opening p...

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Parashah 12 Vayechi (And He Lived)
Torah: B'reisheet 47:28-50:26 Haftara: M'lakhim Alef 2:1-12 Brit Chadashah: Yochanan 13:1-19   Portion Summary The last reading from the book of Genesis is named Vayechi (ויחי), which means "and he lived." The title comes from the first verse of the reading, which says, "Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years" (Genesis 47:28). In this Torah...

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Parashah 11 Vayigash (He approached)
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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