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) 16:18-21:9

Haftara: Isaiah 51:12-52:12

Brit Chadashah: John 14:9-20


Portion Summary

The commandment for the king to write a copy of the Torah demonstrates the work of Messiah. He Himself is the Word made flesh. He is the copy of the Torah in human form. Furthermore, He writes a copy of the Torah as He writes the Torah upon our hearts. The Torah of King Messiah is written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone, but on tablets of human hearts (2 Corinthians 3:3).


Portion Outline

    • Torah
      • Deuteronomy 16:18 | Municipal Judges and Officers
      • Deuteronomy 16:21 | Forbidden Forms of Worship
      • Deuteronomy 17:8 | Legal Decisions by Priests and Judges
      • Deuteronomy 17:14 | Limitations of Royal Authority
      • Deuteronomy 18:1 | Privileges of Priests and Levites
      • Deuteronomy 18:9 | Child-Sacrifice, Divination, and Magic Prohibited
      • Deuteronomy 18:15 | A New Prophet Like Moses
      • Deuteronomy 19:1 | Laws concerning the Cities of Refuge
      • Deuteronomy 19:14 | Property Boundaries
      • Deuteronomy 19:15 | Law concerning Witnesses
      • Deuteronomy 20:1 | Rules of Warfare
      • Deuteronomy 21:1 | Law concerning Murder by Persons Unknown
    • Prophets
      • Isaiah 51:1 | Blessings in Store for God's People
      • Isaiah 52:1 | Let Zion Rejoice
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