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. The first Parashah of the year for example is B'resheet (Genesis) and this year 5779 it commenced on 27 Tishrei or October 6, 2018. 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

Pesach
Torah: S'mot(Exodus) 12:21-51 Haftara: Joshua 3:5-7, 5:2-6:1, 6:27 Brit Chadashah: John 19:31-20:1   Portion Summary The sixteenth reading from the Torah is named Beshalach (בשלח), which means "When he sent." The title comes from the first verse of the reading, which can be literally translated to say, "And it happened when Pharaoh sent out the people." ...

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Parashah 28 Metzora (Leper)
Torah: Vayikra(Leviticus) 14:1-15:33 Haftara: 2 Kings 7:3-20 Brit Chadashah: Mark 1:35-45   Portion Summary The twenty-eighth reading from the Torah is Metzora (מצורע), a word that means "leper." The word appears in the second verse of the reading, which says, "This shall be the law of the leper in the day of his cleansing" (Leviticus 14:2). Leviticus 14 spe...

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Parashah 27 Tazira (She conceived)
Torah: Vayikra(Leviticus) 12:1-13:59 Haftara: 2 Kings 4:42-5:19 Brit Chadashah: Luke 2:22-35     Portion Summary The name of the twenty-seventh reading from the Torah is Tazria (תזריע), which means "she conceived." The name is derived from the words of Leviticus 12:2, where the LORD says to Moses, "When a woman [conceives] and bears a male child." Le...

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Parashah 26 Shemini (Eighth)
Torah: Vayikra(Leviticus) 9:1-11:47 Haftara: 2 Samuel 6:1-8:17 Brit Chadashah: Matthew 3:11-17   Portion Summary Shemini is the twenty-sixth reading from the Torah and third reading from the book of Leviticus. The word shemini (שמיני) means "eighth," and it comes from the first words of Exodus 9:1, which says, "Now it came about on the eighth day that Moses calle...

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