For those of you who have just become followers of the agriculturally and astronomically corrected Biblical Calendar as established by Elohim, you may be wondering why we start our annual Torah reading cycle over again in Bereshis, on Simchat Torah, instead of Abib (The first day of the first month of the Biblical Year)? And the answer is, we do so only for simplicity’s sake! Yes, we follow the established ‘annual’ reading cycle, that’s utilized throughout most of Rabbinical Judaism today.
Torah she bikhatav (Written Torah) does not specify exactly what system if any we are to employ to study it, so to be on the ‘same sheet of music’ so to speak with our Rabbinical brothers, we chose to follow (as much as possible) their time-proven structure of study. Much easier than creating a separate method to achieve the same result!
“Traditionally, the five books of the Torah (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy) are divided into “weekly parashot” (portions or readings) so that the entire volume can be read in the Synagogue every Sabbath over a period of one or three years.” For more information, please refer to https://www.torahresource.com/one-year-torah-reading-cycle/
Since our beginning, we have followed the annual cycle of Torah reading, simply for convenience since it seems to be the most common method in use. Following the triennial cycle would be just as acceptable, but not that many seem to be using it, and that would play into our ability at Beit Echad to study effectively with other students.
So our study cycle will begin on the first day after the 8th day of Sukkot, which is called ‘Simchat Torah’. On that day we complete the reading of D’varim (Dt.) and begin by reading the entire first chapter of Bereshis. The tradition is to read it out loud. We study Parashah Bereshis for the following Shabbat, ‘Shabbat Bereshis’. I pray that our study together will prove to be a blessing to you, and your house!
If this is all new to you, don’t worry, we’ve all been there and done that! You will pick-up on these things and more, learning a little here and there as you continue to grow in the knowledge of our Creator and Redeemer, YHVH (B’H), King of all Yisra’el!