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 39 Chukat (Statute)
  Torah: Bamidbar(Numbers) 19:1-22:1 Haftara: Judges 11:1-33 Brit Chadashah: John 19:38-42   Portion Summary Chukat is the thirty-ninth reading from the Torah. The word chukat (חוקת) means "statute." The name is derived from the second verse of the reading: "This is the statute of the law which the LORD has commanded" (Numbers 19:2). Chukat presents ...

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Parashah 38 Korach
Torah: Bamidbar(Numbers) 16:1-18:32 Haftara: Samuel 11:14-12:22 Brit Chadashah: John 19:1-17   Portion Summary Korah (korach, קורח) was the name of a prominent Levite. It is also the name of the thirty-eighth reading from the Torah. It comes from the first verse of this week's reading, which says, "Now Korah the son of Izhar... took action" (Numbers 16:1). This we...

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Parashah 37 Shelach (Send out)
Torah: Bamidbar(Numbers) 13:1-15:41 Haftara: Joshua 2:1-24 Brit Chadashah: Matthew 10:1-14   Portion Summary The thirty-seventh reading from the Torah is called Shelach (שלח), an imperative verb that means "send out." The portion is so named from the first few words of the second verse: "Send out for yourself men so that they may spy out the land of Canaan" ...

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Parashah 36 Beha'alotcha (When you Ascend)
Torah: Bamidbar(Numbers) 8:1-12:15 Haftara: Zechariah 2:14-4:7 Brit Chadashah: Matthew 14:14-21   Portion Summary The third reading from the book of Numbers and the thirty-sixth reading from the Torah is called Beha'alotcha (בהעלותך), a word that literally means "When you ascend." It comes from the first verse of the portion, which could literally be translated as...

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