[b-hebrew] Psalms and Sedarim

JAMES CHRISTIAN READ JCR128 at student.apu.ac.uk
Fri Jun 9 04:38:04 EDT 2006

Thanks Yigal,

that was extremely informative and interesting. May I 
ask you another question about the triennial reading 
of the Torah. Is there a particular time of year that 
people start the reading so that everyone reads the 
same seder in sync? I would like to give it a try and 
see what it's like.

-----Original Message-----
From: Yigal Levin <leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il>
To: b-hebrew <b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org>
Date: Fri, 09 Jun 2006 09:58:14 +0200
Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] Psalms and Sedarim

Dear James,

The sedarim are meand for daily reading, one seder a day. So the reader 
would go through the entire book in two months!

The intrduction to the Koren Tanakh, while not dealing specifically with the 
Psalms, does say the following: the division of the Torah into 154 sedarim 
follows the ancient custom of reading the Torah over a triannual cycle, one 
seder for each Sabbath (the present custom is to divide the whole Torah into 
52 "parshiyot", one for each Sabbath of the year). Additionally, according 
to the Koren, the entire Tanakh is divided into 293 sedarim, which is the 
number of non-holydays in the solar year (that is, 365 minus 52 Sabbaths, 7 
days of Passover, 1 of Shavuot, 2 of Rosh Hashanah, 1 Yom Kippur, 8 Sukkot 
and the 9th of Av). So, the division enables one to read through the entire 
Tanakh in a year of "weekdays", leaving the holidays and Sabbaths for their 
own assigned readings.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "JAMES CHRISTIAN READ" <JCR128 at student.apu.ac.uk>
To: <Brak at neo.rr.com>
Cc: <b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Friday, June 09, 2006 8:23 AM
Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] Psalms and Sedarim

> Even more confusing to me is how it would take anyone
> almost 60 years (19 * 3) to read the book of psalms.
> I mean, we are talking one slow reader here!

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