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 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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Parashah 25 Tzav (Command)
Torah: Vayikra(Leviticus) 6:1-8:36 Haftara: Jeremiah 7:21-8:3, 9:22-23 Brit Chadashah: Matthew 9:10-17   Portion Summary The twenty-fifth reading from the Torah and second reading from the book of Leviticus is called Tzav (צו), which means "Command." The name comes from the first word of Leviticus 6:9, where the LORD says to Moses, "Command Aaron and his sons ......

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Parashah 24 Vayikra (And He called)
Torah: Vayikra(Leviticus) 1:1-5:26 Haftara: Isiah 43:1-44:23 Brit Chadashah: Matthew 5:23-30 Portion Summary The title "Leviticus" is derived from the Greek Septuagint (LXX) version of the Torah. The book of Leviticus is predominantly concerned with Levitical rituals. An older Hebrew name for the book was "The Laws of the Priesthood," but in Judaism today, it is ref...

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