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Date: 2017-03-21 11:00 pm (UTC)
liv: In English: My fandom is text obsessed / In Hebrew: These are the words (words)
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OK, so. We have a weekly cycle of Torah readings that repeats each year. In order, starting from the beginning of Genesis in late October, and going all the way through to the end of Deuteronomy. Superimposed on that are additional readings for festivals and other special days.

However there aren't exactly 52 weeks in the lunar year, rather there are roughly 48 weeks for twelve years out of the 19 year metonic cycle, and roughly 52 weeks in the seven leap years, both plus or minus a few days. So in "short" years, we have to double up some of the Torah readings in order to get through everything by the next Simchat Torah, the festival when we start the reading over from the beginning. The consequence of this is that the special extra readings aren't always paired with the same reading in the basic weekly cycle.
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