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Bi-modal Triennial Torah Readings

By Rabbi Dr. Hillel ben David (Greg Killian)

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The table, after the text, was meant to show the bimodal aspect of the septennial Torah cycle by showing the dates of the first 3˝ years juxtaposed with the second 3˝ years – from the study titled SHMITATC. This allows us to see both dates when a particular sedra is read. I created this table by creating the first and third columns to show the dates and the readings. Then I created the second column and lined up the dates for the same readings in the first cycle of three and a half years. The fourth column contains my comments on the ‘coincidences’ that were revealed by this juxtaposition.

 

Succoth and Passover occur at opposite ends (exactly six months apart) of the calendar. They are both harvest festivals, connected to the exodus from Egypt and fall on the full moon, the fifteenth of the Hebrew month. In both festivals, we act out the story, on Passover with the elaborate Seder retelling and ritual foods, and on Succoth, with our eating in the Succah and shaking the lulav and etrog. The number ‘four’ figures prominently in the Seder, and on Succoth we have the four species. Thus the calendar only confirms this beautiful symmetry.

 

The symmetry of the calendar, and the septennial Torah readings, is beautifully illustrated in the conjunction of Tu B’Shevat and Tu B’Av. These two minor festivals come together three times in our chart. Two of these three times are pefect matches.

 

Tu B'Shevat is mystically parallel to Tu B'Av, the fifteenth day of the Summer month of Av. Tu B'Av is forty days before the twenty-fifth of Elul, the date of the beginning of the creation of the world (which is five days prior to Rosh HaShanah). The Talmud, at the end of tractate Taanit, suggests that Tu B’Av represents the 'subconscious' glimmer of love that led to the act of creation. The Baalei HaTosefot, in tractate Rosh HaShanah 27b, say that on Rosh HaShanah, the 'thought' of creating humanity entered the Creator's consciousness. The actual Creation of humanity took place six months later, on the first of the month of Nisan.

 

Tu B’Shevat is forty days before the twenty-fifth of Adar. According to the Baalei HaTosefot, the twenty-fifth of Adar would be the first day of creation of the world, as it is five days before the first of Nisan. Tu B'Shevat would thus be the first glimmer of love before the act of creation. According to Jewish law, it is the day that new sap begins to stir and flow within the fruit trees of the land of Israel. It is the first glimmer of the new fruits that will blossom in Nisan. It is the first glimmer of the chesed that will nourish us in the coming year.


 

 

First Triennial

Cycle

Second Triennial

Cycle

Septennial Torah Readings

My Observation of the ‘coincidences’

Tishri       01

 

New Year for years.

Nisan     1

(adjusted for clarity)

New Year for months.

Rosh HaShanah

Genesis 21:1-34

Numbers 29:1-6

Physical renewal on Nisan 1 is Juxtaposed with Spiritual renewal on Tishri 1.

                02

 

Rosh HaShanah 2nd Day

Genesis 22:1-24

Numbers 29:1-6

 

                03

 

Fast of Gedaliah

Morning: Ex. 32:11-14, 34:1-10

 

              05

Nisan     2

Shabbat Shuva

(01) YGen. 1:1 – 2:3

Shabbat shuva and shabbat hagadol are juxtaposed.

               10

 

Yom HaKippurim

Lev. 16:1-34

Numbers 29:7-11

Yom HaKippurim is so close to Shabbat Hagadol that it can not be a coincidence. Both originally took place of the 10th of the month.

               12

Nisan     5

Nisan 10 - Shabbat Hagadol

(02) Gen. 2:4 – 3:21

Adam and Chava eat from The Tree.

The redemption of Shabbat HaGadol is coincidental with the seder which details the first sin.

               15

Shabbat Passover Day 1

Ex. 12:21-51

Num. 28:16-25

Succoth 1st Day

Lev. 22:26 - 23:44

Numbers 29:12-16

The seven day spring festival lines up with the seven day fall festival.

               16

Passover Day 2

Lev. 22:26-23:44

Num. 28:16-25

Succoth 2nd Day

Lev. 22:26 - 23:44

Numbers 29:12-16

 

                17

Chol HaMoed Passover

Ex. 13:1-16

Num. 28:19-25

Succoth Day 3

Numbers 29:17-25

 

                18

Chol HaMoed Passover

Ex. 22:24-23.19

Num 28:19-25

Succoth Day 4

Numbers 29:20-28

 

                19

Chol HaMoed Passover

Ex. 34:1-26

Num. 28:19-25

Shabbat Succoth

Exodus 33:12 - 34:26

Numbers 29:23-31

 

                20

Chol HaMoed Passover

Num. 9:1-14, 28:19-25

Succoth Day 6

Numbers 29:26-34

 

                21

Passover Day 7

Ex. 13:17-15:26

Num. 28:19-25

Succoth Day 7

(Hoshanah Rabbah)

Numbers 29:26-34

The seventh day of Pesach is when the Egyptians died at the Reed Sea. Hoshannah Rabbah is when all the heavenly judgments are sealed.

                22

Shabbat Passover Day 8

Deut. 15:19-16:17

Num. 28:19-25

Shemini Atzeret

Deut. 14:22 - 16:17     

Numbers 29:35 - 30:1

 

                23

Iyar 4 - Yom HaZikaron – Memorial Day

 

Iyar 5 - Yom Ha'Atzmaut – Israel Independence day

Shemini Atzeret 2nd day + Simchat Torah

 

Deut. 33:1 - 34:12

Num 29:35 - 30:1

Israel Independence day aligns with Simchat Torah. Simchat Torah is celebrated with rejoicing in the Torah wherein is true freedom. In this seder Moshe sees the whole of eretz Israel, the same land that was liberated by the Jews on Iyar 5, 5708. As we memorialize Moshe, so we memorialize the fallen Israeli soldiers on the day before.

Tishri       26

Iyar       6

 (03) Gen. 3:22 – 4:26

 

 

 

 

 

Heshvan  03

Iyar       13

Iyar 15 - Pesach Sheni

(04) Gen. 5:1 – 6:8

Pesach Sheni is the second chance to celebrate Pesach for those contaminated by the dead. The Torah portions concerns the death of Adam and his progeny who were given a second chance.

                10

Iyar 18 - Lag B’Omer

Iyar        20

 

(05) Y Gen. 6:9 – 7:24

The flood begins!

Lag B’Omer lines up with the beginning of the flood and is very close to the reading of the end of the flood and the rainbow.  (Chazal teach that the first full day of the flood was on Lag B’Omer.  The eighteenth dayof the second month.)

                17

Gen. 7:11

Iyar        27

 

Iyar 28 - Yom Yerushalayim

(06) Y Gen. 8:1–14

(07) Gen. 8:15 – 9:17

The end of the flood - rainbow

Genesis 7:11 tells us that the flood began on the seventeenth of the second month. Note the date of Heshvan 17.

                24

Sivan       5

 (08) Gen. 9:18 – 10:32

 

 

 

 

 

Kislev      02

Yeshua begins His work.

Sivan      5

Shavuot –language merging

(09) Gen. 11:1-32

Babel – language confusion

The Tower of Babel is built on Shavuot, language is confused.  Genesis 11, Soncino Zohar, Bereshit, Section 1, Page 31b

We are given Torah and we are given the living Torah.

                09

The flood…

Sivan     12

Moshe on Mt. Sinai.

(10) *Gen. 12:1–9

Abram leaves Ur.

(11) Y Gen. 12:10 – 13:18

Sojourn in Egypt.

 

                16

Sivan    19

(12) Gen. 14:1-24

 

                23

Sivan     26

(13) Gen. 15:1-21

(14) Gen. 16:1-16

 

                25

 

Chanukah Day 1

Num. 7:1-17

 

                26

 

Hanukkah Day 2

Num. 7:18-29

 

                27

 

Hanukkah Day 3

Num 7:24-35

 

                28

Tammuz 1 –

Tekufah of Tammuz

(Summer Solstice)

Hanukkah Day 4

Num. 7:30-41

 

                29

 

Hanukkah Day 5

Num. 7:36-47

 

                30

 

Shabbat Hanukkah Day 6

Num. 7:48-59

Shabbat Rosh Chodesh

Numbers 27:15 – 28:26

 

 

 

 

 

Tevet       01

 

Hanukkah Day 7

Num. 7:48-59

 

                02

 

Hanukkah Day 8

Num. 7:54 – 8:4

 

                07

Tammuz 3

(15) Gen. 17:1-27

 

                10

 

Fast of Tevet 10

Ex. 32:11-14; 34:1-11

I might have expected the fast of the tenth month to line up more closely with the fast of the fourth month. These juxtaposed fasts also have the same Torah reading.

                14

Tammuz 10

(16) * YGen. 18:1-33

 

                21

Tammuz 17

Fast of Tammuz

Ex. 32:11-14; 34:1-11

(17) Gen. 19:1-38

Sodom and Gemorrah

 

                28

Tammuz 24

Shabbat Dibre Yirmeyahu

(18) Gen. 20:1-18

(19) Gen. 21:1-34

 

 

 

 

 

Shevat     06

Ab         2

Shabbat Hazon – Messianic spirit

(20) Gen. 22:1 – 23:20

The Akeida

The special ashlamata of Shabbat Hazon carries obvious messianic implications as does the Akeida.

                13

Ab         9

Tisha B’Ab – Destruction of the Temple

Shabbat Shirah

(21) Gen. 24:1-41

A wife for Yitzchak

The destruction of the Temple (representing the bride of Mashiach) lines up with the getting of a wife for Yitzchak – a messianic figure.

                15

 

Tu B’Ab

 

Last day for cutting firewood for the altar.

Tu B’Shevat

 

New year for trees.

Here is a nice one. The beginnings of love (and a baby) on Tu B’Ab lines up with the new year for trees. Man is likened to a tree.

Tu B'Shevat is mystically parallel to Tu B'Av, the fifteenth day of the Summer month of Av. Tu B'Av is forty days before the twenty-fifth of Elul, the date of the beginning of the creation of the world (which is five days prior to Rosh HaShanah). The Talmud, at the end of tractate Taanit, suggests that Tu B’Av represents the 'subconscious' glimmer of love that led to the act of creation. The Baalei HaTosefot, in tractate Rosh HaShanah 27b, say that on Rosh HaShanah, the 'thought' of creating humanity entered the Creator's consciousness. The actual Creation of humanity took place six months later, on the first of the month of Nisan.

Tu B’Shevat is forty days before the twenty-fifth of Adar. According to the Baalei HaTosefot, the twenty-fifth of Adar would be the first day of creation of the world, as it is five days before the first of Nisan. Tu B'Shevat would thus be the first glimmer of love before the act of creation. According to Jewish law, it is the day that new sap begins to stir and flow within the fruit trees of the land of Israel. It is the first glimmer of the new fruits that will blossom in Nisan. It is the first glimmer of the chesed that will nourish us in the coming year.

                20

Ab         16

Shabbat Nachamu 1

(22) Gen. 24:42-67

(23) 25:1-18

 

                27

 

Shabbat Shekalim

Exodus 30:1-38

 

 

 

 

 Adar       04

Ab         23

Shabbat Nachamu 2

(24) *Y Gen 25:19 – 26:11

 

                11

 

Shabbat Zakhor

Deut. 24:19 – 25:19

 

                13

 

Fast of Esther

Ex. 32:11-14, 34:1-10

 

                14

 

Purim

Ex. 17:8-16

 

                15

 

Shushan Purim

 

                18

 

Shabbat Parah

Numbers 19:1 – 20:13

 

                25

 

Shabbat HaChodesh

Exodus 11:1 – 12:28

Tekufah of Nisan

(Vernal equinox)

 

Nisan       01

New year for months.

 

 

The new year for counting months and for Jewish Kings nearly lines up with the new year for tithing cattle.

Nisan       03

Ab         23

Shabbat Nachamu 2

Shabbat Nachamu 3

(25) Gen 26:12-35

 

Rosh Chodesh

 

               

                10

Elul 1 – New year for cattle.

Elul         7

Shabbat Nachamu 4

 

Shabbat Hagadol

(26) Gen. 27:1-27

 

                15

.

Passover Day 1

Ex. 12:21-51

Num. 28:16-25

 

                16

 

Passover Day 2

Lev. 22:26-23:44

Num. 28:16-25

 

                17

 

Shabbat Pesach

Ex. 33:12-34:26

Num. 28:19-25

 

                18

 

Chol HaMoed Passover

Ex. 13:1-16

Num. 28:19-25

 

                19

 

Chol HaMoed Passover III

Ex. 22:24-23.19

Num 28:19-25

 

                20

 

Chol HaMoed Passover IV

Num. 9:1-14, 28:19-25

 

                21

 

Passover Day 7

Ex. 13:17-15:26

Num. 28:19-25

 

                22

 

Passover Day 8

Deut. 15:19-16:17

Num. 28:19-25

 

                24

Elul         7

Shabbat Nachamu 4

(27) Gen. 27:28 – 28:9

This reading includes Psalm 22 which is the Psalm for Purim.

                27

 

Yom Hashoah

 

 

 

 

 

Iyar          01

 

Shabbat Rosh Chodesh

Numbers 27:15 – 28:26

 

                04

 

Yom HaZikaron

 

                05

 

Yom Ha'Atzmaut

Deut. 7:12-8:18

 

                08

Elul         14

Shabbat Nachamu 5

Shabbat Vayhi BaShanah

(28) *YGen. 28:10 – 29:30

 

                15

Elul         21

Shabbat Nachamu 6

Pesach Sheni

(29) Gen. 29:31 – 30:21

Shimon ben Yaaqov is born. This lines up with the festival (Lag B’Omer) that centers around Shimon ben Yochai.

                18

 

Lag B’Omer

 

Iyar          22

Elul         28

Shabbat Nachamu 7

(30) Gen. 30:22 – 31:2

Rachel conceives Joseph. (Rosh HaShanah 10b) Yevamot 64. Joseph’s birth is recorded in Gen. 30:24.

Sarah, Rachel, and Channa were remembered on Rosh HaShana. Rosh HaShana 11a. This aligns nicely with our Torah seder and Rosh HaShanah.

                28

Rosh HaShanah

Shabbat: Gen.21:1-34

Tishri 1 – New year for counting years.

Yom Yerushalayim

The day that Jerusalem is reclaimed by Jews, lines up with the day The King is crowned.

                29

Tishri      6

 

(31) Gen. 31:3 – 32:3

This Torah portion contains significant hints to shavuot:

With the use of the words “ten times” (ten portions/parts) in our parsha concerning Jacobs wages, this would serve as a reminder that there were “Ten Words” given at Sinai.

 

Jacob and his family are on their way to Israel when they meet Laban at a mountain called Gilod. The Hebrews were on their way to Israel when they reached the mountain of Sinai.

 

Jacob was able to flee for three days before Laban found out that he had fled. The Hebrews had to wait three days to become clean before receiving the Torah.

 

 

 

 

Sivan       06

Yom HaKippurim

Tishri 10

Morning Lev. 16:1-34,

Num. 29:7-11

Afternoon Lev. 8:1-30

Shavuot Day 1

Ex. 19:1-20:23

Num. 28:26-31

Shavuot is when Moshe ascended Sinai to get the two tablets. Yom Kippur is when Moshe descended Sinai with the second set of tablets.

                07

 

Shavuot Day 2 Shabbat

Deut. 14:22-16:17

Num. 28:26-31

 

                14

Tishri 13

 

 

Succoth

(32) *YGen. 32:4 – 33:17

The confrontation between Yaaqov and Esav.

The confrontation between Jacob and Esau occurred at the hour of Ne’ilah, of Yom Kippur. Zohar Vayikra, Parshat Emor. Yaaqov was traveling to Succoth. Notice that Yom Kippur is adjacent to this reading and directly between two Shabbat readings.

                21

Tishri     27

(33) Gen. 33:18 – 35:8

 

                28

Heshvan   4

(34) Gen. 35:9 – 36:43

 

                29

 

Tekufah of Tammuz

(Summer Solstice)

 

 

 

 

 

Tammuz  05

Heshvan  11

(35) *YGen. 37:1-36

 

                12

Heshvan  18

(36) Gen. 38:1-30

 

                17

 

Fast of Tammuz 17

Ex. 32:11-14, 34:1-10

 

                19

Heshvan  25

Shabbat Dibre Yirmeyahu

(37) Gen. 39:1–23

(38) Gen. 40:1-23

 

                26

Kislev    03

Shabbat Shim’u

(39) *YGen. 41:1-37

 

 

 

 

 

Ab           04

Kislev   10

Shabbat Hazon

(40) Gen. 41:38–57

(41) Gen. 42:1–17

 

                09

 

Fast of Tisha B'Ab

Morning Deut. 4:25-40

Afternoon Ex. 32:11-14,

Ex.  34:1-10

 

                11

Kislev   17

Shabbat Nachamu 1

 (42) Gen. 42:18 – 43:13

Isaiah 40:1 - 40:26

 

                15

 

Tu B’Ab

 

                18

Kislev   24

Kislev 25 - Chanukah

Shabbat Nachamu 2

(43) Gen. 43:14 – 44:17

Isaiah 12:3 – 13:4 + 14:1-2

 

                25

Tevet      9

Shabbat Nachamu 3

(44) *YGen. 44:18 – 46:27 Yaaqov + family go into Egyptian exile.

Isaiah 65:23 – 66:2 + 9-13

This seder speaks of the first exile when Yaaqov and his family of seventy descend into Egypt. This lines up with the Fast of the tenth month which began the Babylonian exile.

 

Fast of Tevet 10

Ex. 32:11-14; 34:1-11

 

 

Elul 1 – New year for cattle.

Elul         02

 

 

 

Tevet      16

 

 

Shabbat Nachamu 4

(45) Gen. 46:28 – 47:31

Isaiah 46:4-13 + 47:4

 

                09

Tevet      23

Shabbat Nachamu 5

(46) Gen. 48:1-22

Micah 5:6-14 + 6:8

 

                16

Tevet      23

Shabbat Nachamu 6

(47) Gen. 49:1-26

Hosea 12:13 – 13:5 + 14:9-10

 

                23

Shevat   9

Shabbat Nachamu 7

(48) Gen. 49:27 – 50:26

 

 

 

 

 

Tishri       01

New year for years.

 

Rosh Hashanah Day 1

Gen. 21:1-34, Num. 29:1-6

The new year for years and the new year for trees line up, to the nearest Shabbat, with the transition between Genesis and Exodus.

                02

 

Rosh Hashanah Day 2

Gen. 21:1-24, Num. 29:1-6

 

                03

 

Fast of Gedaliah

Ex. 32:11-14, 34:1-10

 

                05

 

Tekufah of Tishri

(Autumnal equinox)

 

                08

Tu B’Shevat – New year for trees.

Shevat     15

 

 

Shabbat Shuvah

(49) *Ex 1:1-22

(50) Ex 2:1-25

Israelites become numerous in Egypt.

The new year for trees lines up with the Torah seder where the men are likened to trees.

                10

 

Yom HaKippurim

Morning Lev. 16:1-34, Num. 29:7-11

Afternoon Lev. 8:1-30

 

                15

 

Shabbat Succoth Day 1

Lev. 22:26-23:44

Num. 29:12-16

 

                16

 

Succoth Day 2

Ex. 33:12-34:26

Num. 29:17-19

 

                17

 

Succoth Day 3

Num. 29:20-22

 

                18

 

Succoth Day 4

Num. 29:20-28

 

                19

 

 

Succoth Day 5

Num. 29:23-31

 

                20

 

Succoth Day 6

Num. 29:26-34

 

                21

 

Hoshanah Rabbah

Num. 29:26-34

 

                22

 

Shabbat Shemini Atzeret

Deut. 14:22-16:17

Num. 29:35-30:1

 

                23

 

Shemini Atzeret 2nd day

Deut. 33:1 - 34:12

Num 29:35 - 30:1

 

                29

Shevat    22

(51) Ex 3:1 – 4:17

The burning bush

HaShem hears the cry of His people and sends Moshe to deliver them. This Torah seder immediately follows Yom Kippur and Hoshana Rabbah which are times of judgment.

 

Shevat 29 - Shabbat Shekalim

 

Shabbat Shekalim is where all Jews stand together, a part of the whole.

Heshvan   6

Adar        6

Adar 11 - Fast of Esther

(52) Ex 4:18 – 6:1

Moshe gathers the elder to deliver news of redemption. This lines up with Esther’s fast where all the people gathered to fast with her for the Purim redemption.

Adar 13 – Shabbat Zachor

 

Adar 14 – Purim

 

Adar 15 – Shushan Purim

 

Adar 20 – Shabbat Parah

 

Adar 27 – Shabbat HaChodesh

 

                13

Nisan      5

(53) *Ex 6:2 – 7:7

 

                20

Nisan     12

Nisan 15 - Pesach

(54) Ex 7:8 - 8:15

The plagues begin.

Pesach is the culmination of the plagues.

                27

Nisan     26

(55) Ex 8:16 – 9:35

 

 

 

 

 

Kislev      04

Iyar         3

Iyar 5 - Yom Hazikaron – Memorial Day

Iyar 6 - Yom Ha'Atzmaut – Israel Independence day

Iyar        10 - Shabbat Vayhi BaShanah

(56) Ex 10:1-29

 

 

 

 

 

(57) Ex 11:1 – 12:28

 

                11

Iyar        17

Iyar 18 - Lag B’Omer

Iyar        24            

Iyar 28 - Yom Yerushalayim

Jerusalem is independent

(58) Ex 12:29-51

Israelites become independent of Egypt

(59) Ex 13:1 – 14:14

Pillar of fire and cloud.

Israeli independence day and Jerusalem independence line up with the independence from Egypt.

Lag B’Omer’s bonfires are lined up with the giving of the pillar of fire. The people congregate at the Yam Suf which pictures a grave at the same time folks are celebrating at the grave of Shimor Bar Yochai on Lab B’Omer.

                18

Sivan      2

(60) Ex 14:15 – 16:3

HaShem fights the Egyptians.

The seder where HaShem fights for His people at the Yam Suf lines up with Chanukah where HaShem fought for His people against Antiochus.

It is noteworthy that the two places where HaShem was most manifest to the world – at the Yam Suf and at Sinai, both line up together.

                25

Shavuot

Shabbat Hanukkah Day 1

Num. 7:1-15

Torah = Light. The Torah given on Shavuot lines up with the Feast of Lights.

                26

 

Hanukkah Day 2

Num. 7:18-29

 

                27

 

Hanukkah Day 3

Num. 7:24-35

 

                28

 

Hanukkah Day 4

Num. 7:30-41

 

                29

 

Hanukkah Day 5

Num. 7:36-47

 

                30

 

Hanukkah Day 6

Num. 7:42-47

Rosh Hodesh

Num. 28.1-15

 

 

 

 

 

Tevet     01

 

Hanukkah Day 7

Num. 7:48-53

 

                02

 

Shabbat Vayishlach HaMelekh

Shabbat Hanukkah Day 8

Num. 7:48-8:4

 

                05

 

Tekufah of Tevet

(Winter Solstice)

 

                09

Sivan       9

 

Sivan     16

(61) Ex 16:4-27

Manna

(62) Ex 16:28 – 17:16

Amalek attacks Israel.

 

Ashlamatah: Isaiah 58:2-11

The Torah seder of the bread from Heaven is juxtaposed with Shavuot where the Torah, which is likened to bread, is given from heaven.

 

The Ashlamatah of Isaiah 58:2-11 speaks of the fasts of the 4th, 5th, 7th, and 10th months is read immediately before the fast of the 4th and the 10th months, which are the only two fasts which we announce in the Esnoga.

                10

 

Fast of Tevet 10

Ex. 32:11-14, 34:1-10

The seder which speaks of the attack of Amalek is adjacent to the Fast of Tevet 10 where Esau attacks Jerusalem.

The fast of the fourth months is only 3 weeks away from the Fast of the tenth month.

                16

Sivan     23

(63) Ex *18:1 – 19:5

 

                23

Tammuz  7

(64) Ex 19:6 – 20:26

 

 

 

 

 

Shevat     01

New year for trees according to Shammai.

 

Shabbat Rosh Chodesh

Numbers 27:15 – 28:26

 

                08

Tammuz 14

Tammuz 17 - Fast of Tammuz

Ex. 32:11-14; 34:1-11

(65) Ex 21:1 – 22:23 Mitzvot regarding slaves

The seder which gives the mitzvot regarding slaves is juxtaposed with the fast of the fourth month where Israel becomes slaves to the Babylonians and later to the Romans.

                15

New Year for trees.

Tammuz 21 - Shabbat Dibre Yirmeyahu

Tammuz 28 - Shabbat Shim’u

Tu B’Shevat

(66) Ex 22:24 – 23:19

(67) Ex. 23:20 – 24:18

Tu B’Shevat is close to Tu B’Av which has a very close connection (see RAINS).

                22

Ab          6 - Shabbat Hazon

(68) Ex 25:1-40

 

                29

Tisha B’Ab

Shabbat Shekalim

Exodus 30:1-38

 

 

 

 

 

 Adar       06

Ab         13 - Shabbat Nachamu 1

(69) Ex Ex 26:1-30

 

                11

 

Fast of Esther

Ex. 32:11-14, 34:1-10

 

                13

 

Shabbat Zakhor

Deut. 24:19 – 25:19

 

                14

Tu B’Av

Purim

Ex. 17:8-16

Tu B’Av is about the unity of husband and wife which is a remez for the unity between HaShem and Israel. Purim is the feast of unity.

                15

 

Shushan Purim

 

                20

 

Shabbat Parah

Numbers 19:1 – 20:13

 

                27

 

Shabbat HaChodesh

Exodus 11:1 – 12:28

 

Nisan 1 – New Year for months.

 

 

 

Nisan       05

Ab           20 - Shabbat Nachamu 2

(70) Ex 26:31 – 27:19

 

                06

 

Tekufah of Nisan

(Vernal equinox)

 

                12

Ab         27 - Shabbat Nachamu 3

Shabbat HaGadol

(71) *Ex 27:20 – 28:43

 

                15

 

Passover Day 1

Ex. 12:21-51

Num. 28:16-25

 

                16

 

Passover Day II

Lev. 22:26-23:44

Num. 28:16-25

 

                17

 

Chol HaMoed Passover

Ex. 13:1-16

Num. 28:19-25

 

                18

 

Chol HaMoed Passover

Ex. 22:24-23:19

Num 28:19-25

 

                19

 

Shabbat Chol HaMoed Passover

Ex. 33:12-34:26

Num. 28:19-25

 

                20

 

Chol HaMoed Passover

Num. 9:1-14, 28:19-25

 

                21

 

Passover Day 7

Ex. 13:17-15:26

Num. 28:19-25

 

                22

 

Passover Day 8

Deut. 15:19-16:17

Num. 28:19-25

 

                26

Elul 1 – New Year for cattle

Elul        4 - Shabbat Nachamu 4

 

 

(72) Ex 29:1-46

The new year for months, Nisan 1, and the new year for cattle are only separated by about two weeks.

                28

 

Yom Hashoah

 

 

 

 

 

Iyar          03

Elul      11 - Shabbat Nachamu 5

(73) Ex 30:1-38

 

                05

 

Yom HaZikaron

 

                06

 

Yom Ha'Atzmaut

Deut. 7:12-8:18

 

                10

Elul       18 - Shabbat Nachamu 6

Shabbat Vayhi BaShanah

(74) Ex 31:1 – 32:14

 

                14

 

Pesach Sheni

 

                17

Elul        25 - Shabbat Nachamu 7

(75) Ex 32:15 – 33:23

 

                18

Tishri 1 –

Rosh HaShanah

New Year for years.

Lag B’Omer

Mashiach went to prepare a place on Lag B’Omer. He returns as King on Rosh HaShanah.

                24

Tishri     3 - Fast of Gedaliah

Ex. 32:11-14; 34:1-11

(76) Ex 34:1-26

The fast of Gedaliah is when Israel lost independence and Yom Yerushalyim is when Jerusalem became independent. Note also that the weekly Torah reading is the same as for the fast.

                28

Yom HaKippurim

Morning Lev. 16:1-34,

Num. 29:7-11

Afternoon Lev. 8:1-30

Yom Yerushalayim

 

 

Shemini Atzeret

(Atzeret of Succoth)

 

 

Sivan       02

Tishri    24

(77) Ex 34:27 – 35:29

 

                06

 

 

Shavuot Day 1 (Atzeret of Pesach)

Ex. 19:1-20:23

Num. 28:26-31

The atzeret of Pesach nearly lines up with the atzeret of Succoth.

                07

 

Shavuot Day 2

Deut. 15:19-16:17

Num. 28:26-31

 

                09

Heshvan  8

(78) Ex 35:30 – 36:38

 

                16

Heshvan 15

(79) Ex 37:1 – 38:20

 

                23

Heshvan 22

(80) *Ex 38:21 – 39:32

 

                30

 

Shabbat Rosh Chodesh

Numbers 27:15 – 28:26

 

 

 

 

 

Tammuz  07

Heshvan 29

(81) Ex 39:33 – 40:38

 

                09

 

Tekufah of Tammuz

(Summer Solstice)

 

                14

Kislev     6

(82a) Lev. 1:1 – 2:16

Notice that we turn from Exodus to Leviticus at the turn of the year, the Tekufah of Tammuz – the summer solstice.

 

Notice also that we begin reading about the sacrifices (Heb. Korban, to draw near) in the week where HaShem begin to destroy both Temples (sacrifices could only be offered here) because we failed to draw near.

                17

 

Fast of Tammuz 17

Ex. 32:11-14, 34:1-10

 

                21

Kislev    6

Shabbat Dibre Yirmeyahu

(82b) *Lev. 3:1 – 3:17

 

                28

Kislev    13

Shabbat Shim’u

(83) Lev. 4:1-35

 

 

 

Ab           06

Kislev    20

Shabbat Hazon

(84) Lev. 5:1-13

(85) Lev. 5:14 - 6:11

 

                09

Chanukah

Fast of Tisha B'Av

Morning Deut. 4:25-40

Afternoon Ex. 32:11-14, 34:1-10

Jacob is confronted by Esau, on his return to Canaan, on Tisha B’Ab. Genesis 33:1ff. Rashal Bereshit Vayish quoted in Seder HaDorot. Chanukah was the victory over the confrontation with the descendents of Esau.

                13

Tevet    4

Shabbat Nachamu 1

(86) Lev. 6:12 – 7:38

 

                15

 

Tu B’Ab

Tu B’Ab is a wedding day where couples fast. Tevet 10 is the fast of the fourth month.

                20

Fast of Tevet 10

Ex. 32:11-14; 34:1-11

Tevet    11

 

Shabbat Nachamu 2

(87) Lev. 8:1 – 10:7

Note the close proximity of the fast of Ab 9 and the fast of Tebet 10. Tebet 10 is the beginning of the destruction of Jerusalem and Ab 9 is the end – Jerusalem and the Temple were completely destroyed.

                27

 

Tevet    18

Tevet    25

Shabbat Nachamu 3

(88) Lev. 10:8-20

(89) Lev. 11:1-47

 

Elul 1 – New Year for cattle.

Shevat 1 – New year for trees according to Shammai.

 

The new year for cattle lines up with the new year for trees.

Elul          04

Shevat     3

Shabbat Nachamu 4

(90) *Lev. 12:1 – 13:28

 

                11

Shevat   10

Shevat 15 - Tu B’Shevat

New Year for trees according to Hillel.

Shabbat Nachamu 5

(91) Lev. 13:29-59

 

                18

Shevat   17

Shabbat Nachamu 6

(92) *Lev. 14:1-32

 

                25

 

Shevat   24

 

Shabbat Nachamu 7

(93) Lev. 14:33-57

 

 

Rosh Hodesh

Numbers 27:15 – 28:26

 

 

Tishri       01

Shabbat Rosh Hodesh

Numbers 27:15 – 28:26

Rosh Hashanah Day 1

Gen. 21:1-34, Num. 29:1-6

The festival Shabbat of Rosh HaShanah (Rosh Chodesh Tishrei) lines up with Shabbat Rosh Chodesh Adar.

                02

 

Rosh Hashanah Day 2

Gen. 22:1-24, Num. 29:1-6

 

                03

Adar       8

Shabbat Shuvah

(94) Lev. 15:1-24

 

                04

 

Fast of Gedaliah

Ex. 32:11-14, 34:1-10

 

                10

Purim katan II

Yom Kippur

Morning Lev. 16:1-34,

Num. 29:7-11

Afternoon Lev. 8:1-30

Purim katan II is like a small Yom Kippur.

                15

 

Succoth Day 1

Lev. 22:26-23:44

Num. 29:12-16

 

                16

 

Succoth Day 2

Lev.. 22:26-23.44

Num. 29:12-16

Tekufah of Tishri

(Autumnal equinox)

 

                17

 

Shabbat Succoth Day 3

Ex. 33:12-34:26

Num. 29:17-25

 

                18

 

Succoth Day 4

Num. 29:20-28

 

                19

 

Succoth Day 5

Num. 29:23-31

 

                20

 

Succoth Day 6

Num. 29:26-34

 

                21

 

Hoshanah Rabbah

Num. 29:26-34.

 

                22

 

Shemini Atzeret

Deut. 14:22-16:17

Num. 29:35-30:1

 

                23

Oct. 1, 2010

 

Shemini Atzeret 2nd Day

Deut. 33:1-34:12

Gen. 1:1-2.3, Num. 29:35-30.1

 

                24

Oct. 3, 2010

Adar      15 – Shushan Purim

(95) Lev. 15:25 – 16:34 Aharon can only come into the Holy of Holies on Yom Kippur.

Yom Ha-Ki-Purim = A day like Purim. Lev. 16:1-34 is read on Yom Kippur. Now we are re-reading this passage on the first available Shabbat after Yom HaKippurim.

 

 

 

 

Heshvan   1

 

Shabbat Rosh Chodesh

Numbers 27:15 – 28:26

 

                08

Adar      22

Adar 29 - Shabbat Shekalim

(96) Lev. 17:1-16

 

                15

II Adar    6

Nisan 1 – Rosh Chosdesh

(97) Lev. 18:1-30

 

                22

Nisan      5

(98) *Lev. 19:1-22:

 

                29

Nisan     12 - Shabbat HaGadol

(99) Lev. 19:23 – 20:27

 

 

Pesach

 

 

Kislev      06

Nisan      26

(100) *Lev. 21:1 – 22:16

 

                13

Iyar         10

(101) Lev. 22:17 – 23:8

(102) Lev. 23:9–14

 

                20

Iyar         17

Iyar 18 - Lag B’Omer

(103) Lev. 23:15-44

Command to count the Omer. We count seven times seven.

The turning point of the Omer count (Lag B’Omer) lines up with the Torah reading / command to count the Omer.

 

Lev. 24 contains a hint to Lag B’Omer (a part of Purim) which is the very next Torah portion. This is why the showbread was divided into two sets of six. We may further note that there are exactly sixty-four days between Purim and Lag Ba'omer. Sixty-four days is equivalent to eight multiplied by eight.

The Mechaber (Orach Chaim 428) notes that Lag Ba’omer always falls out on the same weekday as Purim.

                25

 

Hanukkah Day 1

Num. 7:1-17

 

                26

 

Hanukkah Day 2

Num. 7:18-23

 

                27

 

Shabbat Chanukah

Numbers 7:1-59

 

                28

 

Hanukkah Day 4

Num. 7:30-41

 

                29

 

Hanukkah Day 5

Num. 7:36-47

 

 

 

 

 

                30

 

Hanukkah Day 6

Num. 7:42-47.

Rosh Hodesh Num. 28:1-15

Chanukah is when the Jerusalem Temple was freed from the Syrian Greeks, and Yom Yerushalyim is when Jerusalem was liberated from the Jordanians. These two nearly line up

 

 

 

 

Tevet     01

 

Hanukkah Day 7

Num. 7:48-53.

Rosh Hodesh

Num. 28:1-15.

 

                02

 

Hanukkah Day 8

Num. 7:54-8:4:

 

                04

Iyar       24

Iyar 28 - Yom Yerushalayim

Sivan      2

(104) Lev. 24:1 – 25:13

Aharon commanded to light the menorah.

 

(105) Lev. 25:14-34

This is quite interesting! Chazal teach that Chanukah is hinted in Lev. 24, and we see this passage immediately after Chanukah.

                10

Sivan 6 – Shavuot

Ten words are spoken.

Fast of Tevet 10

Ex. 32:11-14, 34:1-10

Command to hew 2nd set of tablets containing ten words.

Shavuot is when the ten words were given. On the fast of the tenth month we read about the giving of the 2nd set of tablets.

                11

Sivan     9

(106) Lev. 25:35 – 26:2

 

                15

 

Tekufah of Tevet

(Winter Solstice)

 

                18

Sivan      16

(107a) *Lev. 26:3 – 26:26

Keeping Torah and the rewards and punishments earned.

Moshe, on Sivan 16, is on Mt. Sinai receiving the tablets and being taught the Torah.

                25

Sivan      16

(107b) Lev. 26:27 – 27:1

 

 

 

 

 

Shevat     03

Sivan      23

(108) Lev. 27:2-34

 

                10

Tammuz 7

Shabbat Shirah

(109) Num. 1:1-54

A census is taken.

Here we see the transition from Leviticus to Numbers happening at the same time as the New Year for Trees.

In the annual cycle, Bamidbar is read just before Shavuot.

                15

 

Tu B’Shevat

 

                17

Tammuz 14

Tammuz 17 –

Fast of Tammuz

Ex. 32:11-14, 34:1-10

(110) Num. 2:1-34

Camping order.

 

                24

Tammuz 21

(111) Num. 3:1 – 4:16

 

 

 

 

 

Adar       01

 

Shabbat Rosh Chodesh

Numbers 27:15 – 28:26

 

                08

Tammuz 28

(112) Num. 4:17 – 5:10

 

                14

 

Purim Katan I

 

 

 

 

 

                15

Ab           6 - Shabbat Hazon

Ab 9 – Tisha B’Ab

Ab          13 - Shabbat Nachamu 1

Tu B’Ab

 (113) Num.5:11-31

 

 

 (114) Num. 6:1-21

Nazirite vow.

Yom HaKippurim is like Purim Katan. In the same way, Tisha B’Ab is a time of fasting and repentance.

The Torah seder speaks of the nazir who has see the sotah – the one accused of adultery lines up with the destruction of the Temple on Tisha B’Ab – for adultery.

                22

Ab          20 - Shabbat Nachamu 2

Shabbat Vayishlach HaMelekh

(115) Num. 6:22 – 7:47

Mishkan is set up.

On Tisha B’Ab the Temple was destroyed. The Torah seder points to the setting up of the first tabernacle.

                29

 

Shabbat Shekalim

Exodus 30:1-38

 

 

 

 

 

Adar II     06

Ab        27 - Shabbat Nachamu 3

(116) Num. 7:48-89

 

                11

 

Fast of Esther

Ex. 32:11-14, 34:1-10

 

                13

 

Shabbat Zakhor

Deut. 24:19 – 25:19

 

                14

 

Purim

Ex. 17:8-16

 

                15

 

Shushan Purim

Tekufah of Nisan

(Vernal equinox)

 

                20

 

Shabbat Parah

Numbers 19:1 – 20:13

 

                27

Rosh Chodesh Elul

Shabbat HaChodesh

Exodus 11:1 – 12:28

Mitzva of Rosh Chodesh given.

Shabbat HaChodesh (Nisan) and Rosh Chodesh Nisan lines up with Rosh Chodesh Elul.

Nisan 1 – Rosh Chodesh Nisan

 

 

 

Nisan       05

Elul         4 - Shabbat Nachamu 4

(117) *Num. 8:1 – 9:23

 

                12

Elul        11 - Shabbat Nachamu 5

Shabbat HaGadol

(118) Num. 10:1 – 11:15

 

                15

 

Passover Day 1

Lev. 22:26-23:44

Num. 28:16-25

 

                16

 

Chol HaMoed Passover

Ex. 33:12-34:26

Num. 28:19-25

 

                17

 

Chol HaMoed Passover

Ex. 13:1-16; Num. 28:19-25.

 

                18

 

Chol HaMoed Passover

Ex. 22:24-23.19

Num 28:19-25

 

                19

 

Shabbat Chol HaMoed Passover

Ex. 33:12-34:26

Num. 28:19-25

 

                20

 

Chol HaMoed Passover

Num. 9:1-14, 28:19-25

 

                21

 

Passover Day 7

Ex. 13:17-15:26; Num. 28:19-25

 

                22

 

Passover Day 8

Deut. 15:19-16:17 Num. 28:19-25

 

                26

 

Elul        18 - Shabbat Nachamu 6

 

Shabbat Vayhi BaShanah

(119) Num. 11:16-22

(120)Num. 11:23 – 12:16

 

                28

 

Yom Hashoah

 

 

 

 

 

Iyar          03

Elul       25 - Shabbat Nachamu 7

(121) Num. 13:1 – 14:10

 

                05

 

Tishri 1 – Rosh HaShanah

 

Yom HaZikaron – Memorial Day

Chazal teach that on RH Sara, Rivka, and Rachel were remembered. We remember our fallen soldiers on Yom HaZikaron.

                10

Tishri      3

Tishri 4 – Fast of Gedaliah

Ex. 32:11-14, 34:1-10

(122) Num. 14:11-45

 

                15

 

Tishri 15 – Succoth

 

Pesach Sheni

The seven day feast of the seventh month lines up with the second chance to celebrate the seven day feast of the first month.

                17

Tishri      24

(123) Num. 15:1-41

 

                18

Heshvan 1

Shabbat Rosh Chodesh

Numbers 27:15 – 28:25

 

Lag B’Omer

In ancient times, Rosh Chodesh was a significant festival day celebrated with family gatherings.

Lag B’Omer is also a significant festival celebrated with picnics.

RC was announced with bonfires. LBO was also celebrated with bonfires.

                24

Heshvan   8

(124) *Num. 16:1 – 17:15

 

                28

 

Yom Yerushalayim

 

 

 

 

 

Sivan       02

Heshvan  15

(125) Num. 17:16 – 18:24

(126) Num. 18:25 – 18:32

 

                06

 

Shavuot Day 1

Ex. 19:1-20:23, Num. 28:26-31

 

                07

 

Shavuot Day 2

Deut. 15:19-16:17, Num. 28:26-31

 

                09

Heshvan 22

(127) *Num. 19:1 – 20:13

 

                16

Heshvan 29

(128) Num. 20:14 – 22:1

 

                19

 

Tekufah of Tammuz

(Summer Solstice)

 

                23

Kislev   7

(129) *Num. 22:2 – 23:9

 

                30

 

Shabbat Rosh Chodesh

Numbers 27:15 – 28:26

 

 

 

 

 

Tammuz  07

Kislev    14

(130) Num. 23:10 – 24:25

(131) *Num. 25:1–9

 

               14 

Kislev    21

Shabbat V’Yad Adonai

(132) *Num. 25:10 – 26:51

 

                17

Kislev 25 - Chanukah

Fast of Tammuz 17

Ex. 32:11-14, 34:1-10

The fast of the fourth month comes from the beginning of the destruction of the Temple. Chanukah celebrates the restoration of the Temple.

                21

 

Tevet    5

Teberth 10 - Fast of Tevet

Ex. 32:11-14, 34:1-10

Tevet    12

Shabbat Dibre Yirmeyahu

(133) Num. 26:52 – 27:14  Numbering the Priests.

 

(134) Num. 27:15 – 28:25

The lining up of the fast of the fourth month with the fast of the tenth month is interesting. Note that both fasts share the same Torah reading.

                28

Tevet    19

Shabbat Shim’u

(135) Num. 28:26 – 30:1

 

 

 

 

 

Ab           06

Tevet    26

Shabbat Hazon

(136) *Num. 30:2–17

(137) Num. 31:1–24

 

                09

 

Fast of Tisha B'Av

Morning Deut. 4:25-40

Afternoon Ex. 32:11-14, 34:1-10:

 

                13

Shevat    4

Shevat    11

Shabbat Nachamu 1

(138) Num. 31:25-54

(139) Num. 32:1-42

 

                15

Shevat 15 - Tu B’Shevat

Tu B’Ab

Here is a nice one. The beginnings of love (and a baby) on Tu B’Ab lines up with the new year for trees. Man is likened to a tree.

Tu B'Shevat is mystically parallel to Tu B'Av, the fifteenth day of the Summer month of Av. Tu B'Av is forty days before the twenty-fifth of Elul, the date of the beginning of the creation of the world (which is five days prior to Rosh HaShanah). The Talmud, at the end of tractate Taanit, suggests that Tu B’Av represents the 'subconscious' glimmer of love that led to the act of creation. The Baalei HaTosefot, in tractate Rosh HaShanah 27b, say that on Rosh HaShanah, the 'thought' of creating humanity entered the Creator's consciousness. The actual Creation of humanity took place six months later, on the first of the month of Nisan.

Tu B’Shevat is forty days before the twenty-fifth of Adar. According to the Baalei HaTosefot, the twenty-fifth of Adar would be the first day of creation of the world, as it is five days before the first of Nisan. Tu B'Shevat would thus be the first glimmer of love before the act of creation. According to Jewish law, it is the day that new sap begins to stir and flow within the fruit trees of the land of Israel. It is the first glimmer of the new fruits that will blossom in Nisan. It is the first glimmer of the chesed that will nourish us in the coming year.

                20

Shevat    18

Shabbat Nachamu 2

(140) *Num. 33:1-56

 

                27

Adar      2

Shabbat Nachamu 3

(141) Num. 34:1- 35:8 Boundaries of Eretz Israel

(142) Num. 35:9 – 36:13 Lev.e cities and Cities of Refuge

 

Adar 14 - Purim

 

 

Elul         04

Adar    16

Shabbat Nachamu 4

(143) Deut. 1:1 – 2:1

Going into the land.

The transition from Numbers to Deuteronomy takes place close to Tu B’Shevat – the New Year for Trees.

                11

Nisan      8

Shabbat Nachamu 5

(144) Deut. 2:2-30

 

                18

Nisan      8

Shabbat Nachamu 6

(145) Deut. 2:31 – 3:22

 

                24

Nisan 15 - Pesach

Tekufah of Tishri

(Autumnal equinox)

 

                25

Nisan  28 - Shabbat Vayhi BaShanah

Shabbat Nachamu 7

(146) Deut. 3:23 – 4:24

(147) Deut. 4:25 – 4:40

 

 

 

 

 

Tishri       01

Iyar 4 - Yom Ha'Atzmaut - Israel Independence Day

Rosh Hashanah Day 1

Gen. 21:1-34, Num. 29:1-6

RH celebrates the crowning of the King with shofar blowing. Yom Ha'Atzmaut celebrates independence with shofar blowing.

                02

 

Rosh Hashanah Day 2

Gen. 21:1-24, Num. 29:1-6

 

                03

Iyar     6

Shabbat Shuvah

(148) Deut. 4:41 – 6:3

 

                04

 

Fast of Gedaliah

Ex. 32:11-14, 34:1-10

 

                10

 

Yom HaKippurim

Lev. 16:1-34

Numbers 29:7-11

 

                15

Iyar 14 - Pesach Sheni

Succoth 1st Day

Lev. 22:26 - 23:44

Numbers 29:12-16

The seven day feast of the seventh month lines up with the second chance to celebrate the seven day feast of the first month.

                16

 

Succoth 2nd Day

Lev. 22:26 - 23:44

Numbers 29:12-16

 

                17

 

Shabbat Succoth

Exodus 33:12 - 34:26

Numbers 29:17-25

 

                18

 

Succoth Day 4

Num. 29:20-28

 

                19

 

Succoth Day 5

Num. 29:23-31

 

                20

 

Succoth Day 6

Num. 29:26-34

 

                21

 

Hoshanah Rabbah

Num. 29:26-34

 

                22

 

Shemini Atzeret

Deut. 14:22-16:17

Num. 29:35-30:1

 

                23

 

Shemini Atzeret 2nd day

Deut. 33:1 - 34:12

Num 29:35 - 30:1

 

                24

Iyar      13

(149) Deut. 6:4 – 7:11

 

 

 

 

 

Heshvan  01

Iyar 18 - Lag B‘Omer

Shabbat Rosh Chodesh

Numbers 27:15 – 28:26

In ancient times, Rosh Chodesh was a significant festival day celebrated with family gatherings.

Lag B’Omer is also a significant festival celebrated with picnics.

RC was announced with bonfires. LBO was also celebrated with bonfires.

                08

Iyar       20

(150) *Deut. 7:12 – 8:20

 

                15

Iyar       27

(151) Deut. 9:1-29

 

                22

Sivan     5

Sivan 6 - Shavuot

(152) Deut. 10:1 – 11:9

Shavuot is when the ten words were given. On this Shabbat we read about the giving of the 2nd set of tablets.

                29

Sivan     12

(153) Deut. 11:10 -12:19

 

 

 

 

 

Kislev      07

Sivan     19

(154) Deut. 12:20 – 13:1

(155) Deut. 13:2 – 13:19

 

                14

Sivan     26

(156) Deut. 14:1 – 15:6

 

                21

Tammuz 3

(157) Deut. 15:7 – 16:17

 

                25

 

Hanukkah Day 1

Num. 7:1-17

 

                26

 

Hanukkah Day 2

Num. 7:18-29

Tekufah of Tevet

(Winter Solstice)

 

                27

 

Hanukkah Day 3

Num. 7:24-35

 

                28

 

Shabbat Chanukah

Numbers 7:1-59

 

                29

 

Hanukkah Day 5

Num. 7:36-47

 

                30

 

Hanukkah Day 6

Num. 7:42-47

Rosh Hodesh

Num. 28:1-15

 

 

 

 

 

Tevet     01

 

Hanukkah Day 7

Num. 7:48-53.

Rosh Hodesh

Num. 28:1-15

 

                02

 

Hanukkah Day 8

Num. 7:54-8:4

 

                05

Tammuz 10

(158) Deut. 16:18 – 17:13

(159):Deut. 17:14 – 18:13

Chanukah celebrates the dedication of the altar and the service of the Levites as leaders. This lines up with the Torah seder which speaks of the altar and the service of the Levites.

                10

 

Fast of Tevet 10

Ex. 32:11-14, 34:1-10

The lining up of the fast of the fourth month with the fast of the tenth month is interesting.

                12

Tammuz 17 –

Shabbat V’Yad Adonai

Tammuz 18 - Fast of Tammuz

Ex. 32:11-14, 34:1-10

(160) Deut. 18:14 – 20:9

(161) Deut. 20:10 – 21:9

 

                19

Tammuz 24

(162) *Deut. 21:10 – 22:5  

(163) Deut. 22:6 – 23:9

 

                26

Ab 1 – Rosh Chodesh

Ab           2 - Shabbat Shim’u

 

(164) Deut. 23:10-21

(165) Deut. 23:22 – 24:18

Rosh Chodesh Ab is juxtaposed with Rosh Chodesh Shevat.

 Shevat 1 – Rosh Chodesh

 

 

 

Shevat     04

Ab          9 - Shabbat Hazon

Ab 10 - Tisha B’Ab

Morning Deut. 4:25-40

Afternoon Exo. 32:11-14

Ab 15 - Tu B’Ab

Ab          16 - Shabbat Nachamu 1

(166) Deut. 24:19 – 25:19

 

 

 

 

 

(167) Deut. 26:1 – 27:26

 

                11

 

Ab         16 - Shabbat Nachamu 1

Isaiah 55:1-9 + 13

Ab         23 - Shabbat Nachamu 2

Jeremiah 42:12-20 + 43:12

Shabbat Shirah

(168) Deut. 28:1 – 28:14

 

 

(169) Deut. 28:15 – 29:8

Blessings and the curses.

 

                15

 

Tu B’Shevat

 

                18

Elul          7 - Shabbat Nachamu 3

Jeremiah 42:12-20 + 43:12

Elul        14 - Shabbat Nachamu 4

Zechariah 10:6-12 + 11:4-11

(170) Deut 29:9 – 30:10

 

 

 

(171) Deut. 30:11 – 31:13

 

                25

 

Shabbat Shekalim

Exodus 30:1-38

 

Adar        02

Elul        14 - Shabbat Nachamu 5

2 Kings 13:14-23

Elul        21 - Shabbat Nachamu 6

Isaiah 43:22 – 44:2 + 6

(172) Deut 31:14-30

 

 

(173) Deut.32:1-52

Chazal teach that when we enter Adar we should increase our joy. The special ashlamatot and the Torah readings all speak to HaShem forgiving our transgressions and bringing us joy.

 

This is the last reading before Purim and Deut. 32:20 speaks of hiding His face which the Talmud (Chullin 139b) Relates to Esther and Purim. [It would be worthwhile seeing how often the Talmud relates a triennial passage to the time of the year.]

 

Dr. Elisheva Oakley: In verse 48 in the Targum Jonathan we see the specific date of Moshe’s death as the 7th of Adar. By this date, we know that the Fast of Esther and Purim are just around the corner.

 

Debarim 32:8-10 G-d selected the B’ne Yisrael were selected as G-d’s chosen by purim (lots) - 9. D’burim 32:9 Because the Lord's portion is His people Jacob, the lot of His inheritance.

                09

 

Shabbat Zakhor

Deut. 24:19 – 25:19

 

                13

 

Fast of Esther

Ex. 32:11-14, 34:1-10

 

                14

 

Purim

Ex. 17:8-16

Purim’s seder speaks of the mitzva to wipe out Amalek in the end of days.

                15

 

Shushan Purim

Shabbat Nachamu 7 has a special ashlamata of Zechariah 14 which tells of the end of days when HaShem will fight against the nations, in a revealed manner. Purim is the celebration of HaShem’s defeat of the nations, in a concealed manner.

Elul        28 - Shabbat Nachamu 7

Zechariah 14:1-11

(174) Deut. 33:1 – 34:12          Gen. 1:1-5

This Torah seder also speaks of the end of the Exodus in the days of Moshe, and in the end of days.

 

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