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

Parashah 50 Ki Tavo (When you enter)
Torah: Devarim(Deuteronomy) 26:1-29:8 Haftara: Isaiah 60:1-22 Brit Chadashah: Matthew 4:13-24   Portion Summary Deuteronomy 26 begins the fiftieth reading from the Torah with the words, "Then it shall be, when you enter the land which the LORD your God gives you as an inheritance" (26:1). In Hebrew, the words for "when you enter" are ki tavo. This Torah port...

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Parashah 49 Ki Tetze (When you go out)
Torah: Devarim(Deuteronomy) 21:10-25:19 Haftara: Isaiah 54:1-10 Brit Chadashah: Matthew 24:29-42   Portion Summary Rabbi Meir said, There is a parable about this matter. To what can it be compared? It can be compared to two identical twin brothers. Both lived in a certain city. One was appointed king, and the other became a bandit. At the king's command they hanged the band...

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Parashah 48 Shoftim (Judges)
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 ...

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Parashah 47 Re'eh (See)
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, a...

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