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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

VaYiggash – “And He Drew Near”- December 29, 2019-January 4, 2020

The readings for this week are called VaYiggash—“And He [i.e. Judah] Drew Near”: *Genesis 44:18; 46:28. “Then he [Judah] drew near to him [Joseph]…” There is no question that the…

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Past Torah Portions

July 22, 2019

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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May 26, 2019

B’chukotai – “In My Statutes” – May 26 – June 1, 2019

With this reading we come to the end of the Book of Leviticus. Chapter 26 brings the book-proper to a close (Chapter 27 is an appendix “focusing on a variety…

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May 19, 2019

B’har – “On the Mount” – May 19-25, 2019

B’Har *Leviticus 25:2, 23: “When you come into the land which I give you, then the land shall keep a Sabbath to the LORD…for the Land is Mine, for you…

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May 6, 2019

Emor – “Say!” – May 12-18, 2019

13 May is Day #23 of “Counting the Omer” to Pentecost! (Leviticus 23:9-16) The readings for Synagogues in Israel (*) this week 12-18 May 2019 are called Emor—“Say!”: This week’s…

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April 29, 2019

Kedoshim – “Holy Ones” – May 5-11, 2019

April 29 is Day #9 of “Counting the Omer” to Pentecost! (Leviticus 23:9-16) The readings for Synagogues in Israel (*) this week 28 April—4 May 2019 are called Kedoshim—“Holy Ones”:…

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April 15, 2019

Passover – April 20-27, 2019

The reading for the first day of Passover, April 20, 2019, are: TORAH: Exodus 12:21-51 HAFTARAH: Joshua 3:5-7; 5:2—6:1; 6:27   THE FOLLOWING PASSAGES WILL BE READ IN SYNAGOGUES DURING THE…

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