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Why is the Torah portion about the Exodus read in the winter if Passover is in the spring?

by Rabbi Simcha Bart


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How come we read the Passover story in the Torah around February, but the holiday of Passover is not celebrated until April? All the best, Charles99


The entire Five Books of Moses are divided up to be read throughout the year beginning on Simchat Torah.

Therefore, on Shabbat we read weekly portions of the Torah which are not in the order that the holidays fall on the Jewish calendar.

However, for the the Torah reading on a holiday itself, we read a portion which is associated with that specific holiday.


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(pl: Shabbatot). Hebrew word meaning "rest." It is a Biblical commandment to sanctify and rest on Saturday, the seventh day of the week. This commemorates the fact that after creating the world in six days, G-d rested on the seventh.
Torah is G–d’s teaching to man. In general terms, we refer to the Five Books of Moses as “The Torah.” But in truth, all Jewish beliefs and laws are part of the Torah.
A Biblically mandated early-spring festival celebrating the Jewish exodus from Egypt in the year 1312 BCE.
Simchat Torah
An extremely joyous one-day autumn festival following the holiday of Sukkot. In Israel it is the eighth day of Sukkot, outside of Israel it is celebrated the next day, the day after Shmini Atzeret. Every Sabbath we read a portion of the Torah. On this holiday we celebrate the completion of the yearly cycle.
[Hebrew pronunciation: Moshe] Greatest prophet to ever live. Led the Jews out of Egyptian bondage amidst awesome miracles; brought down the Tablets from Mount Sinai; and transmitted to us word-for-word the Torah he heard from G-d's mouth. Died in the year 1272 BCE.