On a regular Shabbat, we read from 2 parshiyot when we have a communal Torah reading -- one parsha in Shacharit and the next at Mincha.

When there is a double parsha at Shacharit (such as Tazria-metzora) or some reason for there to be 2 sifrei Torah taken out in Shacharit, we read from 3 parshiyot.

If a double parsha falls out on a day when there is a separate reading from another sefer, and we take 2 sifrei Torah out, we read from 4 parshiyot, total. The same thing happens when we take 3 sifrei Torah out and read from a single parsha in each in Shacharit and then another in Mincha.

Is it possible in our current calendar to read from 5 Parshiyot? Can a day on which we take out 3 sifrei Torah coincide with a double parsha? Is there another permutation which would have leining from 5?

  • Is this a riddle? Why would you need to know this? Consider judaism.stackexchange.com/q/4410/759 ; without a practical application, I think this quesiton should be closed.
    – Double AA
    Apr 7, 2016 at 21:36
  • Not a riddle at all. I am wondering about how the calendar falls out and the implications on how many sifrei torah a shul might have.
    – rosends
    Apr 7, 2016 at 21:46
  • If this is about implications for Sifrei Torah than adjacent parshas wouldn't matter, and should count for 1
    – Double AA
    Apr 7, 2016 at 22:46
  • judaism.stackexchange.com/a/114686/759 if there was a snowstorm on vayeshev 23 kislev...
    – Double AA
    Jul 7, 2021 at 19:12

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The most Sifrei Torah that can be taken out on 1 Shabbat is 5. And, actually, in many shuls, this will occur tomorrow morning and afternoon, so you may want to be there to witness a somewhat rare event. Here's how:

  1. 6 aliyot from parshat Tazri'a
  2. the 7th aliyah is from Pinchas for Shabbat Rosh Hodesh
  3. Maftir from parshat Bo for parshat Hachodesh
  4. A custom to read from parshat Nasso the offerings giving by each tribe for dedication of the Mishkan (Tabernacle). This is read at the end of prayesr each day from beginning of Nissan until Erev Pesach.
  5. During Mincha, we read from Metzorah, which may require a 5th Sefer Torah

Note that not every place uses the 4th Torah, but many do.

  • @DanF Interesting -- I had only heard of #4 being read from a chumash
    – rosends
    Apr 8, 2016 at 14:47
  • @Danno My shul in Wshington Heights when I grew up used a Torah. It was a bit challenging, as many people were heading out of shul, and the rabbi had to beg for 10 people to hang around a few minutes and guarantee them some kugel and chulent :-)
    – DanF
    Apr 8, 2016 at 14:49
  • @Danno There are all sorts of random Minhagim to read extra things from a Torah (for instance, many congregations read from Chayei Sara if a groom was around). Those aren't Torah reading proper, though.
    – Double AA
    Apr 8, 2016 at 14:53
  • "many do" I think you mean "almost none do".
    – Double AA
    Apr 8, 2016 at 14:54
  • @DoubleAA is there a list of other minhagim that involve actually reading from a sefer? For the nasi, I hadn't heard of it, nor have I heard of reading for a groom.
    – rosends
    Apr 8, 2016 at 15:09

The most that can be taken out in one week is 4. Like shabbos rosh chodesh chanuka with mincha a double parsha does not fall out during the 3 torah weeks you also.

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    8th day Chanukah on Shabbat, Simchat Torah on Shabbat, Vayakhel-Pekudei-HaChodesh also all have that feature.
    – Double AA
    Apr 8, 2016 at 3:50

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