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” – October 21-27, 2018

“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 21-27 October 2018 are called VaYera—“And…

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Past Torah Portions

July 16, 2018

D’varim – “Words” – July 15-21

The Parashah for this week July 15-21, 2018 is called, D’varim—“Words.” TORAH: Deuteronomy 1:1—3:22 HAFTARAH: Isaiah 1:1-27 (Shabbat Chazon—“Sabbath of Vision”) This “Sabbath of Vision” is so-called because the Haftarah…

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July 9, 2018

Matot – “Tribes” and Massei – “Journeys of” – July 8-14, 2018

The Parashah for this week 8-14 July 2018 is a “double reading.” I. Matot—“Tribes” Numbers 30. Vows and oaths to the LORD are extremely serious transactions in God’s eyes; such…

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July 3, 2018

Pinhas – July 1-7, 2018

The Parashah for this week 1-7 July 2018 is called Pinhas. Note: During the three-week period between the Fast of the 17th of Tammuz (Observed 1 July this year; commemorating…

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June 25, 2018

Balak – June 24-30, 2018

The Parashah for this week 24-30 June 2018 is called Balak. This week’s Portion focuses upon the story of the pagan prophet Balaam (Hebrew pronunciation: Bil’am). He was called by…

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June 18, 2018

Chukat – “Ordinance of” – June 17-23, 2018

40 Years in the Desert The Parashah for this week June 17-23, 2018 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 11, 2018

Korach – “Korah” – June 10-16

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 4, 2018

Sh’lach L’kha – “Send for Yourself” – June 3-9, 2018

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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May 28, 2018

B’ha’olotkha – “When you Light Up” – May 27 – June 2, 2018

“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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May 22, 2018

Naso – “Raise up” – May 20-26, 2018

The Parashah for this week 20-26 May 2018 is called Naso – “Raise up” – the heads of (i.e. “Take a Census of”). Numbers 5:11-31 “The Law of Jealousy”. This…

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May 14, 2018

B’Midbar – “In the Desert” – May 13-19, 2018

The Parashah for this week 13-19 May 2018 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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May 7, 2018

B’Har – “On the Mountain” and B’Chukotai – “In My Statutes” – May 6-12, 2018

May 7 is Day #37 of “Counting the Omer” to Pentecost, May 20! (Leviticus 23:9-16) The Parashah for this week 6-12 May 2018 is (in nations outside Israel) a double…

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April 30, 2018

Emor – “Say!” – April 29 – May 5, 2018

April 30 is Day #30 of “Counting the Omer” to Pentecost! (Leviticus 23:9-16) (NOTE: Because of the extra day of Passover Week observed outside of Israel, the present readings will…

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