TORAH READING CYCLE
Every year on Simchat Torah in the month of Tishrei we begin afresh the reading of the Torah – G-d’s letter of love to us His people. The last portion of Devarim is read and the first portion of B’reisheet/Genesis/ “In the Beginning” is read.
We are always “beginning” and yearning to learn more of our Father in Heaven and to see HIs face more clearly. As we delight in God’s Word from year to year, may we continue in our quest to grow more like Him – and to become more of our true selves created in His image – more holy and more whole, for His greater glory in the earth.
The six letters of the first Hebrew word of the Torah – בראדית (B’reisheet – In the beginning) spell out the Godly attributes we need to be strengthening in our emulation of Him.
ב – B – bitachon – TRUST Have complete trust in G-d and His love.
ר – R – ratzon – HIS WILL Have a deep desire to live in accord with His will.
א – EI – ahavah – LOVE Have a great love for Him and for our fellow human beings.
ש – SH – shtikah – SILENCE Have godly self control and wisdom of words.
י – EE – yeerat HaShem – AWE Have awe and a reverential fear for G-d.
ת – T -TORAH Finally, study the Torah in love and receive the transformation and holiness it will impart into your life.
To receive a printable schedule of the Torah portion listings for the year please access the websites of Chabad.org or Aish.com