Torah Portion

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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

VaYishlach – “And He Sent” – December 8-14, 2019

The readings for this week are called VaYishlach—“And He Sent”: *Genesis 32:3. “Then Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother in the land of Seir, the country of…

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Past Torah Portions

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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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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