Different Torah Reading in Israel

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Different Torah Reading in Israel

During certain
years the Torah portion read in Israel does not coincide with the
Torah portion
in the Diaspora. In Israel the
second days of Passover, Shavuot, and Sukkot are not full holidays,
as in the Diaspora. If then the second day of a Festival in the
Diaspora falls
on a Shabbat, a special portion is read, putting congregations in the
Diaspora behind a week. This is compensated for by reading
double Torah portions
over the following weeks.
Therefore, it is imperative that you check with a rabbi
which Torah portion is to be
read in Israel on the Shabbat you intend to celebrate the Bar Mitzvah.
This must be done before the child begins to study the portion.

View of the Western Wall in Jerusalem

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