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Why are second and third triennial year readings identical for Nitzavim?

etayluz 1 week ago updated by Michael J. Radwin 1 week ago 1

Why are the second and third triennial year readings identical for Nitzavim?

They are identical to the full kriyah.

The first triennial year also seems almost identical:

https://www.hebcal.com/sedrot/nitzavim

This doesn't feel very "triennial" to me at all.

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Hi, thanks for using Hebcal!

The triennial readings on Hebcal.com come from A Complete Triennial System for Reading the Torah by the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards of the Rabbinical Assembly.

On page 418 of the document, Rabbi Eisenberg writes:

נצבים-וילך are read separately about as often as they are combined. Because each Sidrah is brief (Nitzavim is only 40 verses, Vayelech 30 verses), I recommend reading both in their entirety when they appear separately.

Due to my reluctance to divide Deuteronomy 29:15-28 (which would necessitate ending on a negative note) there is some overlapping in year II (30:1-14). Similarly, in year III, 31:22 is repeated in order to avoid dividing 31:14-19, while allowing for seven aliyot.

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Not a bug

Hi, thanks for using Hebcal!

The triennial readings on Hebcal.com come from A Complete Triennial System for Reading the Torah by the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards of the Rabbinical Assembly.

On page 418 of the document, Rabbi Eisenberg writes:

נצבים-וילך are read separately about as often as they are combined. Because each Sidrah is brief (Nitzavim is only 40 verses, Vayelech 30 verses), I recommend reading both in their entirety when they appear separately.

Due to my reluctance to divide Deuteronomy 29:15-28 (which would necessitate ending on a negative note) there is some overlapping in year II (30:1-14). Similarly, in year III, 31:22 is repeated in order to avoid dividing 31:14-19, while allowing for seven aliyot.