The double Parashah of Mattot-Masei has 244 verses. Is there another occasion during the year when more verses are read on single day?

  • There is a Minhag to read all of sefer Devarim from a Sefer Torah on Hoshana Rabbah. Also the reading of sefer Devarim by the King during Hakhel.
    – Silver
    Commented Jul 18, 2019 at 15:52
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    judaism.stackexchange.com/a/12404/759 But Vayakhel-Pekudei-Hachodesh is longer in terms of words.
    – Double AA
    Commented Jul 18, 2019 at 15:54
  • @Silver Hakhel and Hoshana Rabba don't happen on Shabbat.
    – Double AA
    Commented Jul 18, 2019 at 15:55
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    @DoubleAA I know, the title says "Shabbat", but the question says "is there another occasion" so I thought it was worth a comment
    – Silver
    Commented Jul 18, 2019 at 15:58
  • On simchas Torah the first Aliyah of B’reishis is read 10’s of times in many shuls .
    – Lo ani
    Commented Jul 18, 2019 at 16:18

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Matot-Masei is the longest Shabbat reading in terms of verses. Matot is 112 verses and Masei is 132 verses (most of them short ones near the beginning of the parsha, so they add significantly to the "bulk.") In total you have 244 verses.

I initially thought that Vayakhel-Pekudei occurring on Shabbat Rosh Hodesh which is also SHabbat Hachodesh in a non-leap year (as it was last year) was more. But, alas, even with reading from 3 Sifrei Torah, they total 241 verses - definitely the 2nd longest!

So, if you're referring to what might be read specifically on a Shabbat, the answer is "No", unless you want to account for multiple readings of Vezot Habracha when Simchat Torah occurs on Shabbat in Israel. Then, that total is unknown.

  • If we're counting multiple readings we can also count Mattot-Masei in a synagogue that also has a Hashkama Minyan.
    – Double AA
    Commented Jul 18, 2019 at 16:50
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    @DoubleAA Somehow, you have an unintentional habit of making me feel bad. One year, I foolishly, volunteered to do a haskama minyan in another shul, that week in addition to my "regular" duties in my regular weekly shul. I love laining and I really have great love for the Torah, you know. But, not this way!
    – DanF
    Commented Jul 18, 2019 at 16:55

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