Shabbos Parshas Naso Alef and Shabbos Parshas Naso Bais


torahInterestingly, outside of Eretz Yisroel this year, the weekly Torah reading of Parshas Naso extends for two weeks, since for the Shavous reading on Shabbos, May 30, we take out two Sifrei Torah. In the first Sefer Torah we read from Parshas Re’eh (Devorim 14:22-16:17); and in the second Sefer Torah in Parshas Pinchas (Bamidbar 28:26-31). However, during the weekday readings on Mondays and Thursdays of the two-week period from May 25 through June 4, we read in Parshas Naso. Thus, in order to identify individual weekdays of the two different weeks during this two-week period that have the same Torah readings, we differentiate them by marking each as Naso Alef or Naso Bais.In Eretz Yisroel, however, since Shavous is only one day, on Friday, the following day, Shabbos, May 30, which is no longer Yom Tov, has a regular weekly reading, that of Parshas Naso, resulting in divergent Shabbos Torah readings until Shabbos, July 4, when Balak is read in Eretz Yisroel and Chukas and Balak are read outside of Eretz Yisroel.

{Yair Israel}


  1. It also gives us chutzies two weeks to do shnayim mikra v’echad targum of the largest parsha in the Torah.