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

Chayeh Sarah – “Sarah’s Life” – November 17-23, 2019

The readings for this week are called Chayeh Sarah—“Sarah’s Life”: *Genesis 23:1. “Sarah lived one hundred and twenty-seven years; these were the years of the life of Sarah.” Abraham was…

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Past Torah Portions

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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February 11, 2019

Tetzaveh – “You Shall Command” – February 10-16, 2019

  “They shall bring you clear oil of beaten olives for the light, to raise up a lamp perpetually…” (Exodus 27:20—See Torah Section below) “You, O LORD, keep my lamp…

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February 4, 2019

T’rumah – “Donation” – February 3-9, 2019

“Three bowls [of the menorah] shall be made like almond blossoms on one branch…” Exodus 25:33 (See below.) The readings for this week 3-9 February 2019 are called T’rumah—“Donation”: MISHKAN—“DWELLING…

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January 28, 2019

Mishpatim – “Judges” – January 27 – February 2, 2019

The readings for this week January 27 – February 2, 2019 are called Mishpatim—“Judges”: Last week’s Portion began with the appointments of judges in Israel. The first three chapters of…

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January 22, 2019

Yitro – “Jethro” – January 20-26, 2019

The readings for this week January 20-26, 2019 are called Yitro – “Jethro”: Torah: We focus this week upon one of the most powerful Torah Portions of the Year, centered…

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January 14, 2019

B’Shalach – “In the Sending” – January 13-19, 2019

The readings for this week are called B’Shalach – “In the Sending”: Because both the Torah and Haftarah portions contain wonderful prophetic songs—the Song of the Sea (Exodus 15) and…

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January 7, 2019

Bo – “Come” – January 6-12, 2019

The readings for this week, January 6-12, 2019 are called Bo – “Come.” *Exodus 10:3. “Thus says YHVH Elohei-ha’Ivrim (“Yehovah the Hebrews-God”): ‘How long will you refuse to humble yourself…

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January 2, 2019

Va’Era – “And I Appeared” – December 30, 2018 – January 5, 2019

The readings for this week 30 December 2018—5 January 2019 are called Va’Era—“And I Appeared” (to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob as El Shaddai). *Exodus 6:26b; 7:4. “These are…

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December 26, 2018

December 23-29, 2018 – “Sh’mot – Names”

This week we travel forward 400 years and begin the story of the Exodus of Israel, now a great people, out from bondage in Egypt, into a relationship with the…

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December 17, 2018

VaYechi – “And He Lived” – December 16-22, 2018

Cloud over the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem “Judah is a lion’s cub; from the prey, my son, you have gone up!” (Genesis 49:9a) This week’s readings bring us to…

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December 3, 2018

MiKetz – At the End Of – December 2-8, 2018

The readings for this week 2-8 December 2018 are called MiKetz—“At the End Of…”: * The normal Haftarah (used with MiKetz in years when it does not fall within Hanukkah)…

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November 26, 2018

VaYeshev – “And He Settled” – November 25 – December 1, 2018

The readings for this week November 25 – December 1, 2018 are called VaYeshev – “And He Settled”: TORAH This week we begin the story of Joseph and his brothers…

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