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

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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April 11, 2019

Metsora – “Skin Disease/Leprosy” – April 7-13, 2019

The readings for this week April 7-13, 2019 are called Metsora—“Skin Disease/Leprosy”: Because this is the Sabbath preceding Passover, the usual Haftarah (II Kings 7:3-20) is replaced by Malachi 3:4-4:6—centered…

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April 1, 2019

Thazria – “Quicken with Seed/Conceive” – March 31 – April 6, 2019

The readings for this week 31 March—6 April 2019 are called Thazria — “Quicken with Seed/Conceive”: As with last week, this is one of two special Shabbats in preparation for…

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March 25, 2019

Shemini – “Eighth Day” – March 24-30, 2019

The readings for this week March 24-30, 2019 are called Shemini — “Eighth Day”: NOTE: This is one of two special Shabbats before Passover having additional Torah and replacement Haftarah…

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March 12, 2019

VaYikra – “And He Called” – March 10-16, 2019

The readings for this week 10-16 March 2019 are called VaYikra—“And He Called”: NOTE: On the Sabbath before Purim, there is an additional Torah portion, relating to the eternal enmity…

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March 4, 2019

P’kudei – “Accountings of” – March 3-9, 2019

The readings for this week 3-9 March 2019 are called P’kudei – “Accountings of”: This Torah portion carefully describes the concluding stages of constructing the Mishkan (“Dwelling Place”/”Tabernacle”), even down…

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February 25, 2019

VaYa’k’hel – “And He Assembled” – February 24 – March 2, 2019

  The readings for this week 24 February—2 March 2019 are called VaYa’k’hel—“And He Assembled”: NOTE: The normally-read Haftarah is I Kings 7:13-26; 40-50 (Which we recommend reading, because of…

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February 18, 2019

Ki Tisa – “When You Elevate” – February 17-23, 2019

*Exodus 30:11-12. “Then YHVH spoke to Moses, saying: ‘When you take the census of the children of Israel for their number…” “Take the Census” is “to raise up (Ki Tisa)…

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