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: Shemot(Exodus) 10:1-13:16

haftara: Jeremiah 46:13-28

Brit Chadashah: John 19:31-37


Portion Summary

The fifteenth reading from the Torah is named Bo (בוא), which means "Come." The title comes from the first words of the first verse of the reading, which say, "Then the LORD said to Moses, '[Come] to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart" (Exodus 10:1). The portion begins by concluding the narrative of the ten plagues, the tenth of which is the slaying of the firstborn. To avoid the plague, the Israelites are given the instructions for the Passover sacrifice and the laws of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Pharaoh finally consents to let Israel go, and they leave Egypt.


Portion Outline

    • Torah
      • Exodus 10:1 The Eighth Plague: | Locusts
      • Exodus 10:21 The Ninth Plague: | Darkness
      • Exodus 11:1 | Warning of the Final Plague
      • Exodus 12:1 | The First Passover Instituted
      • Exodus 12:29 The Tenth Plague: | Death of the Firstborn
      • Exodus 12:33 The Exodus: | From Rameses to Succoth
      • Exodus 12:43 | Directions for the Passover
      • Exodus 13:3 | The Festival of Unleavened Bread
      • Exodus 13:11 | The Consecration of the Firstborn
    • Prophets
      • Jer 46:13 | Babylonia Will Strike Egypt
      • Jer 46:27 | God Will Save Israel
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