Portion Schedule

Below is the schedule for the Hebrew Year 5781. Mobile phone users may need to turn their phone sideways to see the full table.

How to use this schedule:

  • Dates for each portion are for when they are read in synagogues, usually on Shabbat (Saturday) except for holiday readings which could be on any day. The corresponding portion is read/studied at home on weekdays leading up to Shabbat (or days leading up to the holiday), not the following week. Each week starts on Sunday.
  • For example, the first portion "B'resheet" is read on Saturday 17th Oct. It is therefore studied from Sunday 11th to Friday 16th.
  • Though synagogue Torah readings generally occur during the day, a day always begins at sundown on the day prior. For instance, 1st day of Passover is 28th of March, Passover therefore begins on 27th at Sundown; the last day of Passover is 3rd of April, it therefore begins at sundown the night before, and Passover ends after sundown on the 3rd.

*The Torah and Haftarah chapter/verse numberings are taken from the Hebrew Bible (Christian published chapter/verse numberings are indicated within parenthesis). 

◆ Jewish custom doubles festival days outside of Israel. Rosh HaShanah is doubled both inside and outside of Israel. Simchat Torah and Shmini Atzeret are combined into one day in Israel, on Tishrei 22).

GENESIS / B’REISHEET | בראשית

# Name English Name Date of Reading in Synagogue Hebrew Date Torah Haftarah
1 B'resheet "In the Beginning" 17 Oct. 2020 29 Tishrei 5781 Gen. 1:1-6:8 1 Sam. 20:18-42
2 Noach "Noah" 24 Oct. 2020 6 Cheshvan 5781 Gen. 6:9-11:32 Isa. 54:1-55:5
3 Lech Lecha "Go Forth" 31 Oct. 2020 13 Cheshvan 5781 Gen. 12:1-17:27 Isa. 40:27-41:16
4 Vayera "And He Appeared" 7 Nov. 2020 20 Cheshvan 5781 Gen. 18:1-22:24 2 Kgs. 4:1-37
5 Chayei Sarah "The Life of Sarah" 14 Nov. 2020 27 Cheshvan 5781 Gen. 23:1–25:18 1 Kgs. 1:1–31
6 Toldot "Generations" 21 Nov. 2020 5 Kislev 5781 Gen. 25:19–28:9 Mal. 1:1–2:7
7 Vayetze "And He Went Out" 28 Nov. 2020 12 Kislev 5781 Gen. 28:10–32:3(2)* Hos. 12:13(12)–14:10(9)*
8 Vayishlach "And He Sent" 5 Dec. 2020 19 Kislev 5781 Gen. 32:4(3)–36:43* Oba. 1–21
9 Vayeshev "And He Dwelled" 12 Dec. 2020 26 Kislev 5781 Gen. 37:1–40:23 Zec. 2:14–4:7
10 Miketz "At the End" 19 Dec. 2020 4 Tevet 5781 Gen. 41:1–44:17 1 Kgs. 3:15–4:1
11 Vayigash "And He Drew Near" 26 Dec. 2020 11 Tevet 5781 Gen. 44:18–47:27 Eze. 37:15–28
12 Vayechi "And He Lived" 2 Jan. 2020 18 Tevet 5781 Gen. 47:28–50:26 1 Kgs. 2:1–12

 

EXODUS / SHEMOT | שמות

13 Shemot "Names" 9 Jan. 2021 25 Tevet 5781 Exo. 1:1–6:1 Isa. 27:6–28:13, 29:22–23
14 Va’era "And I Appeared" 16 Jan. 2021 3 Shevat 5781 Exo. 6:2–9:35 Eze. 28:25–29:21
15 Bo "Come" 23 Jan. 2021 10 Shevat 5781 Exo. 10:1–13:16 Jer. 46:13–28
16 Beshalach "When [he] Let Go" 30 Jan. 2021 17 Shevat 5781 Exo. 13:17–17:16 Jdg. 4:4–5:31
17 Yitro "Jethro" 6 Feb. 2021 24 Shevat 5781 Exo. 18:1–20:23 Isa. 6:1–7:6, 9:5–6(6–7)*
18 Mishpatim "Laws" 13 Feb. 2021 1 Adar 5781 Exo. 21:1–24:18 2 Kgs. 12:1(11:21)–17(16)*
19 Terumah "Offering" 20 Feb. 2021 8 Adar 5781 Exo. 25:1–27:19 1 Sam. 15:2–15:34
20 Tetzaveh "You Command" 27 Feb. 2021 15 Adar 5781 Exo. 27:20–30:10 Eze. 43:10–43:27
21 Ki Tisa "When You Take" 6 Mar.2021 22 Adar 5781 Exo. 30:11–34:35 Eze. 36:16–38
22/23 Vayak’hel / Pekudei "And He Assembled" / "Amount" 13 Mar. 2021 29 Adar 5781 Exo. 35:1–40:38 Eze. 45:16–46:18

 

LEVITICUS / VAYIKRA | ויקרא

24 Vayikra "And He Called" 20 Mar. 2021 7 Nisan 5781 Lev. 1:1–5:26(6:7)* Isa. 43:21–44:23
25 Tzav "Command" 27 Mar. 2021 14 Nisan 5781 Lev. 6:1(8)–8:36* Mal. 3:4–3:24
  Pesach I Passover (Day 1) 28 Mar. 2021◆ 15 Nisan 5781 Exo. 12:21–51; Num. 28:16–25 Josh. 5:2–6:1
  Pesach VII Passover (Day 7) 3 Apr. 2021◆ 21 Nisan 5781 Exo. 13:17–15:26; Num. 28:19–25 2 Sam. 22:1–51
26 Sh’mini "Eighth" 10 Apr. 2021 28 Nisan 5781 Lev. 9:1–11:47 2 Sam. 6:1–7:17
27/28 Tazria / Metzora "She Conceives" / "One Being Diseased" 17 Apr. 2021 5 Iyyar 5781 Lev. 12:1–15:33 2 Kgs. 7:3–20
29/30 Acharei Mot / Kedoshim "After the Death" / "Holy Ones" 24 Apr. 2021 12 Iyyar 5781 Lev. 16:1–20:27 Amos 9:7–15
31 Emor "Speak" 1 May 2021 19 Iyyar 5781 Lev. 21:1–24:23 Eze. 44:15–31
32-33 Behar / Bechukotai "On the Mount" / "By My Decrees"
8 May 2021
26 Iyyar 5781
Lev. 25:1–27:34
Jer. 16:19–17:14

 

NUMBERS / B'MIDBAR | במדבר

34 B'midbar "In the Wilderness"

15 May 2021

4 Sivan 5781

Num. 1:1–4:20

Hos. 2:1–2:22

  Shavuot Feast of Weeks (Pentecost)

17 May 2021

6 Sivan 5781

Exo. 19:1–20:23; Num. 28:26–31

Eze. 1:1–28, 3:12

35 Naso "Lift Up"

22 May 2021

11 Sivan 5781

Num. 4:21–7:89

Jdg. 13:2–25

36

Beha’alotcha

"When You Step Up"

29 May 2021

18 Sivan 5781

Num. 8:1–12:16

Zec. 2:14(10)–4:7* 

37 Shlach Lecha "Send for Yourself" 

5 Jun. 2021

25 Sivan 5781

Num. 13:1–15:41

Josh. 2:1–24

38

Korach

"Korah"

12 Jun. 2021

2 Tammuz 5781

Num. 16:1–18:32

1 Sam. 11:14–12:22

39 Chukat "Decree"

19 Jun. 2021

9 Tammuz 5781

Num. 19:1–22:1

Jdg. 11:1–11:33

40 Balak "Balak"

26 Jun. 2021

16 Tammuz 5781

Num. 22:2 - 25:9

Mic. 5:6(7)–6:8*

41 Pinchas "Pinehas"

3 Jul. 2021

23 Tammuz 5781

Num. 25:10–30:1(29:40)*

Jer. 1:1–2:3

42/43 Mattot / Massei "Tribes" / "Journeys" 10 Jul. 2021 1 Av5781 Num. 30:2(1)–36:13* Isa. 66:1–66:24

 

DEUTERONOMY / DEVARIM | דברים

44 Devarim "Words"

17 Jul. 2021

8 Av 5781

Deut. 1:1–3:22

Isa. 1:1–27

45 Va'etchanan "And I pleaded"

24 Jul. 2021

15 Av 5781

Deut. 3:23–7:11

Isa. 40:1–26

46 Ekev "Because [You Follow]"

31 Jul. 2021

22 Av 5781

Deut. 7:12–11:25

Isa. 49:14–51:3

47 Re'eh "Re'eh"

7 Aug. 2021

29 Av 5781

Deut. 11:26–16:17

1 Sam. 20:18–20:42

48 Shoftim "Judges"

14 Aug. 2021

6 Elul 5781

Deut. 16:18–21:9

Isa. 51:12–52:12

49 Ki Tetze "When You Go"

21 Aug. 2021

13 Elul 5781

Deut. 21:10–25:19

Isa. 54:1–10

50 Ki Tavo "When You Enter"

28 Aug. 2021

20 Elul 5781

Deut. 26:1–29:8(9)*

Isa. 60:1–22

51 Nitzavim "Ones Standing"

4 Sep. 2021

27 Elul 5781

Deut. 29:9(10)–30:20*

Isa. 61:10–63:9
  Rosh HaShanah New Year (Feast of Trumpets)

7 Sep. 2021◆

1 Tishrei 5782

Gen. 21:1–34; Num. 29:1–6

1 Sam. 1:1–2:10

52 Vayelech "Then He Went Out"

11 Sep. 2021

5 Tishrei 5782

Deut. 31:1-30

Hos. 14:2(1)–10(9);* 
Mic. 7:18–20; Joel 2:15–27

  Yom Kippur Day of Atonement

16 Sep. 2021

10 Tishrei 5782

Lev.16:1–34; Num.29:7–11

Isa. 57:14–58:14

53 Ha'azinu "Listen" 18 Sep. 2021 12 Tishrei 5782

Deut. 32:1–52

2 Sam. 22:1–22:51

  Sukkot I Feast of Tabernacles (Day 1)

21 Sep. 2021

15 Tishrei 5782

Lev. 22:26–23:44; Num. 29:12–16

Zec. 14:1–21

  Shmini Atzeret / Simchat Torah Eighth Day of Assembly / Rejoicing of the Torah

28 Sep. 2021
(29 Sep. 2021)◆

22 Tishrei 5782
(23 Tishrei 5782)

Deut. 14:22–16:17; Num. 29:35–30:1(29:40)*

1 Kgs. 8:54–66

54 Vezot ha'Bracha "And This Is the Blessing"

29 Sep. 2021

23 Tishrei 5782

Deut. 33:1–34:12

Josh. 1:1–18