Important Information About Torah Portions in Israel

During certain years, the Torah portion read in Israel does not coincide with the Shabbat Torah portion in the Diaspora (everywhere other than Israel). 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. This means you need to check with a rabbi which Torah portion is to be read in Israel on the Shabbat you intend to celebrate the Bar Mitzvah. You must do this before your child begins to study her portion!