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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

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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December 4, 2017

VaYeshev – “And He Settled” – December 3-9, 2017

The readings for this week 3-9 December 2017 are called VaYeshev—“And He Settled”: This week we begin the story of Joseph and his brothers. *Genesis 37:11. “His brothers were jealous…

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November 28, 2017

VaYishlach – “And He Sent” – November 26 – December 2, 2017

The readings for this week 26 November — 2 December 2017 are called VaYishlach—“And He Sent”: *Genesis 32:3. “Then Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother in the…

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November 20, 2017

VaYetzeh – “And He Went Out” – November 19-25, 2017

  THIS WEEK’S TORAH PORTION BEGINS WITH JACOB’S FLEEING FROM CANAAN… AND ENDS WITH HIS RETURN 20 YEARS LATER, A SOBERED AND MUCH DIFFERENT MAN, FINALLY PREPARED FOR A CRITICAL…

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November 14, 2017

Toldot – “Generations” – November 12-18, 2017

TORAH: *Genesis 25:22. “The children struggled together within her, and she said, ‘If this is so, why then am I . . .?’ So she went to inquire of the…

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November 8, 2017

Chayeh Sarah – “The Life of Sarah” – November 5-11, 2017

*Genesis 23:1. “Sarah lived one hundred and twenty-seven years; these were the years of the life of Sarah.” Abraham was ten years older than Sarah—he was 137 years old at…

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October 31, 2017

VaYera – “And The LORD Appeared” – October 29 – November 4 2017

“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, October 29 — November 4…

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October 24, 2017

Lekh Lekha – “Go Forth, Yourself” – October 22-28, 2017

And He took him outside and said, “Now look toward the heavens, and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” And He said to him, “So shall…

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October 16, 2017

Noach – “Noah” – October 15-21, 2017

“My bow I set in the clouds, so that it may serve as a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.” (Genesis 9:13) Rainbow over the Ben Hinnom…

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