End/Beginning of Torah Cycle Trivia
In honor of upcoming holiday of Simchas Torah (one of those newfangled inventions, but kind of fun for us traditionalists anyway), here's a new trivia question relating to laining [torah reading], as well as a couple of reruns:
1) In most shuls, it is now customary to read the first portions of the Simchas Torah laining, parshas V'Zos Haberacha, over and over again, so that every adult male (and in some places, boys as well) can be given an individual aliyah. Of course, this is not universal and certainly not mandatory - nor is the custom of laining Simchas Hatorah night - so "officially", the parsha of V'zos Haberacha is read just once a year, on Simchas Torah day. However, there are exactly two sections of the Torah that are read more than ten times each Jewish year. What are these? Answer after the holiday.
2) And then there is the first aliyah of Parshas Shmini, whose name means "eighth". And in fact, in some years that first portion of Shmini is actually read exactly eight times. How is this possible? Answer here, comment #2.
3) How many parshas are read more than 50% on days other than their regular Shabbos, and which parsha(s) - not counting V'zos Haberacha of course, which is entirely read on Simchas Torah - has/have the highest percentage read on non-Shabbos days? Answer here, item #1.
Have a good yom tov!
And for you litvaks out there, try not to freeze in your sukkahs tonight!