Torah Reading: Parshat Bereishit

Next read on 26 October 2024


Bereshit, translated as "In the Beginning", is the first word in the first weekly Torah portion (Parsha in Hebrew) in the Jewish year's cycle of Biblical readings.

In Bereshit, also the name for the Torah's first Book (Genesis), God creates the Universe, the Earth, and Adam and Eve, the first human beings.

They sin, God expels them from the Garden of Eden, and Eve gives birth to Cain and Abel.

God punishes Cain after he murders Abel in a jealous rage. He despairs of humanity as successive generations continue to sin, and prepares to destroy the earth's inhabitants, except for Noah and his family.

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This Torah portion - Parshat Bereishit - will next be read on 26 October 2024
Read on these dates in following years: 18 October 2025   -   10 October 2026   -   30 October 2027
14 October 2028   -   6 October 2029   -   26 October 2030
11 October 2031   -   2 October 2032   -   22 October 2033
7 October 2034   -   27 October 2035   -   18 October 2036
3 October 2037   -   23 October 2038


The Torah - the Five Books of Moses - is read publicly in synagogues every Sabbath on an annual cycle.
The cycle begins each year with Bereishit (Genesis), which is read on the Sabbath following the Simchat Torah festival.

Each of these weekly readings is known as a Parsha, or portion.
The Torah is also read in shorter segments of the Parsha on Mondays and Thursdays, and in selected sections on festivals.

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