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

VaYera – “And the LORD Appeared” – November 10-16, 2019

“Now Abraham journeyed from there toward the land of the Negev, and settled between Kadesh and Shur…” (Genesis 20:1) The readings for this week are called VaYera—“And [the LORD] Appeared”:…

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Past Torah Portions

August 18, 2019

Ekev – August 18-24, 2019

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August 11, 2019

V’Et’chanan – “And I Pleaded…” – August 11-17, 2019

Manuscript on parchment of Deuteronomy 6:4-9 and 11:13-21, which begins, “Hear O Israel, the YHVH our God, the YHVH is One” Such manuscripts are placed within a receptacle which is…

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August 4, 2019

D’varim – “Words” – August 4-10, 2019

The Parashah for this week is called, D’varim—“Words.” TORAH: Deuteronomy 1:1—3:22 HAFTARAH: Isaiah 1:1-27 This “Sabbath of Vision” is so-called because the Haftarah for the Sabbath preceding Tish’a B’Av (the…

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July 28, 2019

Matot – “Tribes” and Massei – “Journeys of” – July 28-August 3, 2019

The Parashah for this week is a “double reading.” I. Matot—“Tribes” Numbers 30. Vows and oaths to the LORD are extremely serious transactions in God’s eyes; such words, coming out…

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July 22, 2019

Pinhas – “Phinehas” – July 21-27, 2019

The Parashah for this week is called Pinhas. Note: During the three-week period between the Fast of the 17th of Tammuz (commemorating the breaching of the wall of Jerusalem by…

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Balak – “Balak” – July 14-20, 2019

This week’s Portion focuses upon the story of the pagan prophet Balaam (Hebrew pronunciation: Bil’am). He was called by the Moabite king Balak to come from his homeland in the…

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July 8, 2019

Chukat–“Ordinance of”–July 7-13, 2019

40 Years in the Desert The Parashah for this week July 7-13, 2019 is called Chukat—“Ordinance of”—i.e. the “Red Heifer.” Because of the dead who would be constantly in Israel’s…

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June 30, 2019

Korach – “Korah” – June 30-July 6, 2019

The Parashah for this week 10-16 June 2018 is called Korach—“Korah” This week’s Portion focuses on the rebellion of Korah. *Numbers 16:3; 16:7b: KORACH AND FOLLOWERS TO MOSES: “You take…

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June 23, 2019

Sh’lach L’kha – “Send for Yourself ” – June 23-29, 2019

The Parashah for this week 3-9 June 2018 is called Sh’lach L’kha—“Send for Yourself.” This week’s reading focuses on the 12 scouts sent out by Moses at the command of…

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June 16, 2019

B’ha’alot’kha – “In Your Setting Up” – June 16-22, 2019

“At the command of the LORD the sons of Israel would set out. Even when the cloud lingered over the tabernacle for many days, the sons of Israel would keep…

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June 2, 2019

Naso – “Elevate (the head)” and Shavuot (Pentecost) – June 9-15, 2019

Shavuot: The Book of Ruth, plus: Day 1 Readings: Torah AM: Exodus 19:1-20:23 Torah PM: Exodus 28:26-31 Haftarah: Ezekiel 1:1-28, 3:12 Day 2 Readings: Torah AM: Deuteronomy 15:19-16:17 Torah PM:…

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B’midbar – “In The Desert” – June 2 – 8, 2019

The Parashah for this week, June 2-8, 2019 is called B’Midbar—“In the Desert”: B’Midbar (“In the Desert/Wilderness”) This is the Hebrew name for the book called “Numbers” in most English…

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