Torah Reading Schedule Ends Shimchat Torah

Posted: September 29, 2010 in Hebrew Months

The Jewish people have followed a Bible reading program since Ezra & Nehemiah’s days. These reading are the same world-wide and which unifiesall the Jews to God’s plan for thier lives each week.

On Tishri 22 (September 30, 2010 on the solar calendar this year) the Torah reading schedule will end and will begin the annual cycle on the next Shabbat, which is Tishri 24 (October 2) this year. The reading October 2 will go back to B’resheet (“In the beginning”), which is the first book we know as Genesis.

The Torah (first 5 books of the Bible, Books of Moses) is broken into 54 readings that are sung or read in each of the sysnagogues each year. This accounts for adding a leap month each year, which will happen this year. Non leap years double up readings on some Shabbat services.

The Haftarah (‘concluding portion’) is a short reading from the Prophets that will have some relation to the Torah portion.

Shimchat Atzeret (Eighth Day Assembly) the readings will be:

  • Torah: Shimchat Torah (“Joy in the Torah”), Deuteronomy 33:1-34; Genesis 1:1 – 2:3; Numbers 29:35- 30:1
  • Haftarah: Joshua 1:1-18
  • Suggested NT: Romans 7:21-25

Psalm 119:105, “Thy word [is] a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”

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