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A shul 500 miles away from civilization had its only Sefer Torah stolen on Shabbos morning. As such, they couldn't read the parsha.

By the next week, they got themselves a new Sefer Torah.

Do they read a double parsha or do they just skip it and move on?

  • I dont have the source offhand, but is seems obvious that they must read the missed parsha. The original takkana of kriyas hatorah was to finish the Torah. By skipping a parsha one fails the takkana. The only need to read two parhiyos the next week would be to conform to the general minhag of finishing the Torah every year. It should be noted that this is not an absolute obligation. See judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/53057/… – mevaqesh Jul 14 '15 at 5:45
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    The Rama (OC 135:2) indicates that they read both portions on the following Shabbos. – Fred Jul 14 '15 at 7:57
  • Note that the same question applies when traveling between Eretz Yisrael and Chutz La'aretz when the parsha of the week differ (as happened this year). That is, a full minyon tour group and not an individual. – sabbahillel Jul 14 '15 at 11:03
  • Could also be the case that the only sefer torah is Pasul and so they can't read from it and by next week it has been rectified. Although if you find that a sefer torah is pasul it doesn't invalidate previous readings from it, i.e. you don't have to read them all again. (That would be a problem!) – CashCow Jul 14 '15 at 13:26
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    .... and improve the security around the Aron Kodesh! – Avrohom Yitzchok Jul 14 '15 at 13:34
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The tzibbur should make up the lost parsha. However there is no obligation on individual members of the congregation to make up the parsha. Thus, those who were in chutz laAretz for Pesach this year and then returned to Israel after Pesach, would not have to find a shul that would lein the parsha that they had missed. For good sources see this article:http://ohr.edu/this_week/insights_into_halacha/5130

  • Thanks for not just this answer, but answering a side question that I was curious about, in your 2nd sentence. That situation happened to one of my relatives. – DanF Jul 14 '15 at 21:19

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