Triennial Cycle of Torah Readings


We’re starting a study of  the first five books of the Bible, the Torah, in imitation of how Jesus and the disciples studied the scriptures. The whole process will take three and a half years. Passages from the Prophets and the Psalms are paired with those from the Torah, which often brings out hidden meaning and clarifies many of the sayings of Jesus.

We’ll publish the readings for each week here, and you are encouraged to comment, ask questions or add insights each week. Follow along with us!

More background on the Triennial Cycle is found here.

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October 14, 2018 – Lev. 19:1-22 – ‘Ye shall be holy’

Torah reading: Leviticus 19:1-22 – ‘Ye shall be holy’

Psalm 83
Haftarah: Isaiah 4:3 – 5:5, 16

Notes for Leviticus 19:1-22

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October 7, 2018 – Lev. 18:1-30 – Sex and marriage partners

Torah Reading: Leviticus 18:1-30 – Sex and marriage partners

Psalm 82
Haftarah: Jeremiah 10:1-10

Notes on Leviticus 18:1-30

Notes on Psalm 82

Notes on Jeremiah 10:1-10

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The Feast of Tabernacles

We’re celebrating the Feast of Tabernacles on Saturday, Sept. 29!

The Hebrew word for Tabernacles is “sukkah,” which originally meant “woven” and applied to the branches woven together to make simple shelters. Israel was commanded to dwell in booths like this for seven days. The booth reflects the fragility, precariousness and impermanence of life in this world.

The Talmud relates that in the end of days, “all the nations of the world will express a desire to repent, and God will judge them through the commandment of building a sukkah… He will give this single commandment to the entire world to fulfill.” (Babylonian Talmud, Avoda Zara 3)

Jesus used the venue of this feast to announce Himself as the Light of the World, and as the Living Water necessary for salvation.

Read our memo on the feast here.

Notes on the Booth and the Pillar of Cloud

Also, read about the mysteries of the Ethrog fruit

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September 23, 2018 – Lev. 17:1-16 – Sacrifice only at the Tabernacle – Don’t eat blood

Torah Reading: Leviticus 17:1-16 – Sacrifice only at the Tabernacle – Don’t eat blood

Psalm 81
Haftarah: Isaiah 66:1-2, 5-12

Notes on Leviticus 17:1-16

Notes on Psalm 81

Notes on Isaiah 66:1-2, 5-12

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September 16, 2018 – Yom Kippur! Lev. 16:1-34 – The Ritual for Yom Kippur

Torah Readings: Leviticus 16:1-34 – The Ritual for Yom Kippur

Read our memo on observing Yom Kippur here.

Psalm 80
Haftarah: Ezekiel 16:9-14, 59-62
Ezekiel 36:16-25

Notes on Leviticus 16:1-34

Notes on Traditions of the Veil

Notes on Kol Nidrei

Notes for Psalm 80

Notes on Ezekiel 16:9-14, 59-62 and Ezekiel 36:16-25

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