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What is the Torah reading for Chanukah?

Chanukah means "dedication" and it is a holiday commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple after a period of enemy occupation. So...

What is a Chatan Torah, and what is a Chatan Bereishit?

On Simchat Torah we conclude the Torah as part of the yearly cycle of its reading, and immediately begin a new cycle, starting from Bereishit (Genesis)....

Why do we read the entire Book of Jonah on Yom Kippur?

Where else in the Bible do we find a story which demonstrates the power of teshuvah (repentance) as well as the Book of Jonah? An entire corrupt city was...

What determines the section of the Torah read every Shabbat and on holidays?

Moses instituted that a portion of the Torah be read publicly on every Shabbat. For this purpose the Torah was divided into 54 portions and every Shabbat...

What is the origin of the reading of the Torah in the synagogue?

Moses instituted that a portion of the Torah be read publicly on every Shabbat. For this purpose the Torah was divided into 54 portions and every Shabbat...

Why are certain words in the Torah pronounced differently than they are spelled?

Indeed, there are many words throughout the Scriptures which are pronounced differently than they are written.1    Most commonly, this manifests...

What is the origin of the reading of the Haftorah?

Several reasons are offered for the reading of the Haftorah:1. When the Greeks ruled over the land of Israel, the Hellenist government forbade the...

Why do we sometimes read two Torah portions instead of one?

1. We have to conclude the entire Torah each year on Simchat Torah but there are too many Torah portions for the average year. There are 50.5 weeks in the...

How was it determined where every aliyah should start and end?

a. Every Torah portion has seven sections (aliyahs).b. Every one of these sections must end and begin on a positive note.c. A section cannot end if...

I'm getting an aliyah--can you tell me everything about it?

First of all there’s nothing to be nervous about because you will be told exactly what to do while it’s happening. Anyhow, here’s what...