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

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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Past Torah Portions

February 28, 2018

Ki Tisa – “When You Elevate” – February 26-March 3, 2018

The readings for this week February 26-March 3, 2018 are called Ki Tisa—“When You Elevate” *Exodus 30:11-12. “Then YHVH spoke to Moses, saying: ‘When you take the census of the…

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February 20, 2018

Tetsaveh – “Command/Charge” – February 18-24, 2018

  “They shall bring you clear oil of beaten olives for the light, to raise up a lamp perpetually…” (Exodus 27:20) The readings for this week 18-24 February 2018 are…

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February 12, 2018

T’rumah – “Donation” February 11-17, 2018

“Three bowls [of the menorah] shall be made like almond blossoms on one branch…” Exodus 25:33 (See Torah Portion below) The readings for this week 11-17 February 2018 are called…

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February 6, 2018

Mishpatim – “Judgments” – February 4-10, 2018

Almond trees are blossoming in Jerusalem! They are always the first to blossom, coming awake while other trees are still sleeping. Thus, the letters in the Hebrew word for “almond”…

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January 30, 2018

Yitro – “Jethro” – January 28 – February 3, 2018

The readings for this week 28 January—3 February 2018 are called Yitro — “Jethro”: We focus this week upon one of the most powerful Torah Portions of the Year, centered…

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January 24, 2018

B’Shalach – “In the Sending” – January 21-27, 2018

The readings for this week 21-27 January 2018 are called B’Shalach—“In the Sending”: NOTE: Because this week’s Torah and Haftarah readings contain two of the great recorded songs of the…

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January 16, 2018

Bo – “Come” – January 14-20, 2018

The readings for this week 14-20 January 2018 are called Bo — “Come” (–to Pharaoh): *Exodus 10:3. “Thus says YHVH Elohei-ha’Ivrim (“Yehovah the Hebrews-God”): ‘How long will you refuse to…

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January 8, 2018

Va’Era – “And I Appeared” – January 7-13, 2018

The readings for this week 7-13 January 2018 are called Va’Era—“And I Appeared” (–to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob as El Shaddai): *Exodus 6:26b; 7:4. “These are the same…

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January 3, 2018

Sh’mot – “Names” – December 31, 2017 – January 6, 2018

And he led the flock to the back of the desert . . . Exodus 3:1 The readings for this week 31 December 2017—6 January 2018 are called Sh’mot—“Names” (–of…

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December 27, 2017

VaYechi—“And He [i.e. Jacob] Lived”– December 24-30, 2017

This week’s readings bring us to the end of the Book of Genesis.  They encompass the last seventeen years of Jacob’s life in Egypt, his blessing of Ephraim and Manasseh,…

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December 18, 2017

VaYiggash – “And He Drew Near” – December 17-23, 2017

The readings for this week 17-23 December 2017 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…

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December 12, 2017

MiKetz – At the End Of – December 10-16, 2017

The readings for this week 10-16 December 2017 are called MiKetz—“At the End Of”: (NOTE: Years in which Hanukkah does not fall within the week for this parashah, the Haftarah…

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