Torah Portion

About the Weekly Torah Portion

From ancient times there has been a weekly portion (Parashah) from the first five books of Moses (The Torah) and an ending (Haftarah) from the Prophets read on the Sabbath in synagogues around the world.

This Week's Torah Portion

Toldot – “Generations” – November 12-18, 2017

TORAH: *Genesis 25:22. “The children struggled together within her, and she said, ‘If this is so, why then am I . . .?’ So she went to inquire of the…

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Past Torah Portions

August 6th, 2017

Ekev – August 6-12, 2017

*Due to summer travel, Martin and Norma Sarvis are taking a few weeks off from their normal Torah commentary. They will resume regular contributions again in September.

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July 31st, 2017

VaEtchanan – July 30-August 5, 2017

NOTE: From the Sabbath following the 9th of Av through that preceding Rosh Hashanna, the Haftara readings will be from the Book of Isaiah and focus upon God’s desire to…

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July 24th, 2017

D’varim – July 23-29, 2017

The Parashah for 23-29 July 2017 is called D’varim—“Words.” Shabbat Hazon—“Sabbath of Vision”, so-called because the Haftarah for the Sabbath coming before Tish’a B’Av (“The Ninth of Av”) is always…

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July 17th, 2017

Matot/Massei – July 16-22, 2017

The Parashah for this week 16-22 July 2017 is a “Double Reading”: I. Matot—“Tribes” TORAH: Numbers 30:1—32:42 Numbers 30. Vows and oaths to the LORD are extremely serious transactions in…

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July 12th, 2017

Pinchas — July 9-15, 2017

Note: During the three-week period “between the straits” (the 17th of Tammuz through the 9th of Av) the usual Haftarah portions (for this week, I Kings 18:46—19:21) are replaced by…

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April 22nd, 2017

Shemini – April 18-22, 2017

The readings for this week April 16-22, 2017 are called Shemini—“Eighth Day”: *Leviticus 9:4, 6, 23b-24. “…for today, the LORD will appear to you.” “…and the glory of the LORD…

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April 7th, 2017

Tsav — April 2-8, 2017

The readings for this week April 2-8, 2017 are called Tsav—“Command”. Note: On the Shabbat preceding the beginning of Passover (Shabbat haGadol—“The Great Shabbat”) the regular Haftarah (In this case…

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April 5th, 2017

VaYikra – March 26-April 1, 2017

The readings for this week March 26—April 1, 2017 are called VaYikra—“And He Called.” This week’s reading brings us into the Book of Leviticus. This name comes from the Greek…

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April 4th, 2017

VaYakhel – March 19-25, 2017

“Our Eyes shall behold Your return with mercy to Zion. Blessed are you, LORD, that brings back His Shekinah to Zion.” (Prayer from the Siddur: See under Shekinah in Torah…

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March 12th, 2017

Ki Tisa – March 12-18, 2017

The readings for this week March 12-18, 2017 are called Ki Tisa—“When You Elevate” NOTE: As with last week, this is one of four special Shabbats before Passover having additional…

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March 5th, 2017

Tetsaveh – March 5–11, 2017

The readings for this week March 5-11, 2017 are called Tetsaveh – “Command/Charge” Note:  This is one of four special Shabbats before Passover having additional Torah and replacement Haftarah readings.   Because this Shabbat comes…

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