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


Torah: Devarim(Deuteronomy) 11:26-16:17

Haftara: Isaiah 54:11-55:5 (Shabbat Rosh Chodesh: Isaiah 66:1 - 66:24)

Brit Chadashah: John 6:35-51


Portion Summary

You shall not hesitate to give, nor murmur when you do give; because you shall know who is the good repayer of the hire. You shall not turn away from him that is in want, but you shall share all things with your brother, and shall not say that they are your own; for if you are partakers in that which is immortal, how much more in things which are mortal? 


Portion Outline

    • Torah
      • Deuteronomy 12:1 | Pagan Shrines to Be Destroyed
      • Deuteronomy 12:13 | A Prescribed Place of Worship
      • Deuteronomy 12:29 | Warning against Idolatry
      • Deuteronomy 14:1 | Pagan Practices Forbidden
      • Deuteronomy 14:3 | Clean and Unclean Foods
      • Deuteronomy 14:22 | Regulations concerning Tithes
      • Deuteronomy 15:1 | Laws concerning the Sabbatical Year
      • Deuteronomy 15:19 | The Firstborn of Livestock
      • Deuteronomy 16:1 | The Passover Reviewed
      • Deuteronomy 16:9 | The Festival of Weeks Reviewed
      • Deuteronomy 16:13 | The Festival of Booths Reviewed
    • Prophets
      • Isaiah 54:1 | The Eternal Covenant of Peace
      • Isaiah 55:1 | An Invitation to Abundant Life
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