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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

April 10, 2018

Shemini – “Eighth Day” – April 8-14, 2018

(NOTE: Because of the extra day of Passover Week observed outside of Israel, the present readings will be one week behind those read in Jerusalem for each week until that…

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March 27, 2018

Readings for the Festival of Unleavened Bread

Pray for the presence of Ruach haKodesh—the Holy Spirit/Holy Wind—to attend the Holy Word which will be read throughout the week of Passover! READINGS FOR THE FESTIVAL OF UNLEAVENED BREAD…

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March 12, 2018

VaYikra – “And He Called” – March 11-17, 2018

The Parashah for this week 11-17 March 2018: TORAH: Leviticus 1:1—6:7 Shabbat haKhodesh: TORAH: Exodus 12:1-20 HAFTARAH (Shabbat haKhodesh): Ezekiel 45:16—46:18 SHABBAT HACHODESH To commemorate this special first month, an…

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March 5, 2018

VaYakhel – “And He Assembled” and P’kudei – “Accountings of” – March 4-10, 2018

“Thus says Adonai YHVH: This also I will let the house of Israel ask me to do for them: to increase their people like a flock. Like the flock of…

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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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