New Torah Cycle Begins

The new Torah Cycle begins next week. This year, get on board with the weekly Torah readings.

D. Thomas Lancaster

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After the Festival of Sukkot, the Jewish festivals conclude with a final holiday called Simchat Torah, which means, “Rejoicing of the Torah.”

On Simchat Torah, we finish our annual trek through the books of the Torah by reading the last of the fifty-four Torah portions. Then we start over in Genesis 1 for a new year of Torah study.

In the synagogue, we celebrate Simchat Torah with dancing and all sorts of shenanigans. Silly stuff happens. It turns out to be a big party celebrating the completion of a whole year of study. Before the party is over, however, we have already begun the next Torah cycle. We rewind the Torah scroll back to the beginning and start reading in Genesis 1.

This year, we want you to keep up with the weekly Torah readings, and that’s why we are putting free resources into your hands. First of all, you can get a free Torah Portions schedule to keep in your Bible just by requesting it here. You can also download a free PDF version here . And if you are ever wondering what the weekly Bible readings are, you can check online at www.torahportions.org

This year (2017), Simchat Torah is on October 13, and we read the first Torah Portion on Shabbat October 14. Why not make a special effort to keep up with the weekly Torah readings this year? Then, when we come to Sukkot again next year, you’ll have all the more reason to celebrate and rejoice at Simchat Torah.

About the Author

D. Thomas Lancaster is Director of Education at First Fruits of Zion, the author of the Torah Club programs and several books and study programs. He is also the pastor of Beth Immanuel Sabbath Fellowship in Hudson, WI.

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