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Weekly Torah and Prophets Reading

Holiday Lesson For Passover – Destroy Chametz, Gain Freedom

Holiday Lesson For PassoverBy Rabbi Chanan Morrison Destroy Chametz, Gain Freedom By the first day [of Passover] you must clear out your homes of all leaven. (Exodus 12:15) Why Clear Out Chametz? Why does the Torah command us to destroy all chametz (leaven) found in our homes during Passover? It is logical to eat matzah; …

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Ki Tisa – March 18 – 20 Adar

  In this Shabbat’s weekly Torah portion Ki Tisa Exodus 30:11 – 34:35, the people of Israel are told to each contribute exactly half a shekel of silver to the Sanctuary. Instructions are also given regarding the making of the Sanctuary’s water basin, anointing oil and incense. “Wise-hearted” artisans Betzalel and Aholiav are placed in …

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Tetzaveh – March 11 – 13 Adar

  In this Shabbat’s weekly Torah portion Tetzaveh Exodus 27:20 – 30:10, G‑d tells Moses to receive from the children of Israel pure olive oil to feed the “everlasting flame” of the menorah, which Aaron is to kindle each day, “from evening till morning.” The priestly garments, to be worn by the kohanim (priests) while serving …

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Terumah – March 4 – 6 Adar

  In this Shabbat’s weekly Torah portion Terumah Exodus 25:1 – 27:19, the people of Israel are called upon to contribute thirteen materials—gold, silver and copper; blue-, purple- and red-dyed wool; flax, goat hair, animal skins, wood, olive oil, spices and gems—out of which, G‑d says to Moses, “They shall make for Me a Sanctuary, …

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Mishpatim – February 25 – 29 Shevat

In this Shabbat’s weekly Torah portion, Mishpatim Exodus 21:1 – 24:18, following the revelation at Sinai, God legislates a series of laws for the people of Israel. These include the laws of the indentured servant; the penalties for murder, kidnapping, assault and theft; civil laws pertaining to redress of damages, the granting of loans and …

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Yitro – February 18 – 22 Shvat

In this Shabbat’s weekly Torah portion Yitro Exodus 18:1–20:23, Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro, hears of the great miracles which G‑d performed for the people of Israel, and comes from Midian to the Israelite camp, bringing with him Moses’ wife and two sons. Jethro advises Moses to appoint a hierarchy of magistrates and judges to assist him …

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Beshalach – February 11 – 15 Shvat

In this Shabbat’s weekly Torah portion Beshalach Exodus 13:17 – 17:16, soon after allowing the children of Israel to depart from Egypt, Pharaoh chases after them to force their return, and the Israelites find themselves trapped between Pharaoh’s armies and the sea. G‑d tells Moses to raise his staff over the water; the sea splits …

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Va’era – January 28 – 1 Shvat

In this Shabbat’s weekly Torah portion Vaeira, Exodus 6:2 – 9:35, G‑d reveals Himself to Moses. Employing the “four expressions of redemption,” He promises to take out the Children of Israel from Egypt, deliver them from their enslavement, redeem them, and acquire them as His own chosen people at Mount Sinai; He will then bring them …

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Shmot – January 21 – 23 Tevet

This Shabbat’s weekly Torah portion Shemot, Exodus 1:1 – 6:1, begins the Book of Exodus. Pharaoh issues harsh decrees against the Israelites, beginning decades of Jewish suffering and slavery. Moses is born and raised in the Egyptian royal palace. After killing an Egyptian, Moses escapes to Midian and marries. G‑d appears to him in a …

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Vayechi – January 14 – 16 Tevet

This Shabbat’s weekly Torah portion Vayechi, Genesis 47:28 – 50:26, discusses Jacob’s final years. Shortly before his passing, Jacob blesses Joseph’s children as well as his own. A massive funeral procession escorts Jacob’s body to Canaan. The reading, and the Book of Genesis, concludes with Joseph’s death. In the Haftara Prophets reading, I Kings 2:1 – …

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Vayigash – January 7 – 9 Tevet

This Shabbat’s weekly Torah portion Vayigash, Genesis 44:18 – 47:27, concludes the story of Joseph and his brothers, with Joseph unable to contain himself and revealing himself to them after his brother Judah offers to be imprisoned instead of Benjamin. This gripping story has captured the imagination of people for thousands of years, and every …

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Toldot – December 3 – 3 Kislev

This Shabbat’s weekly Torah portion Toledot (The Life and Times of), Genesis 25:19 – 28:9, is the only portion that focuses on the middle patriarch, Isaac, but even still opens and closes with stories about his son Jacob. In between, the stories about Isaac mostly mirror some stories about Abraham his father. The two best known …

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Chayei Sarah – November 26 – 25 Heshvan

  This Shabbat’s weekly Torah portion Chayei Sarah (The Life of Sarah), Genesis 23:1 – 25:18, opens with the death of Sarah and her widower Abraham’s mourning for her and especially purchase of the Double Cave (Me’arat Hamachpela) in Hebron in order to bury her. This purchase is recognized as the first acquisition in the …

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Vayera – November 19 – 18 Heshvan

This Shabbat’s weekly Torah portion Vayera, Genesis 18:1 – 22:24, continues the stories of Abraham, starting with his visit from angels who tell him that God will bless him and his wife Sarah with a son, then describe the destruction of Sodom and Gemorah, and conclude with the important story of Isaac’s Binding (Sacrifice). The …

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Lech Lecha – November 12 – 11 Heshvan

  This Shabbat’s weekly Torah portion Lech Lecha, Genesis 12:1 – 17:27, introduces Abraham, promises blessing to non-Jews who support Israel (Gen.. 12:3) and tells the world that the Land of Israel belongs to the Jews (Gen 12:7 etc etc).. The Haftara Prophets reading, Isaiah 40:27 – 41:16, includes Isaiah 40: 31: Those who hope …

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Shabbat of Sukkot Torah Reading

On Holidays, the regular weekly Torah reading is preempted by the special Holiday reading. The Sukkot reading for Shabbat is Exodus 33:12 – 34:26. The reason is, because that passage mentions the three pilgrimage festivals, including Sukkot. (The same reading exactly is read on Shabbat of Passover.) The Prophets reading is Ezekiel 38:18 – 39:16, the prophecy …

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Haazinu – October 15 – 13 Tishrei

This week we read Ha’azinu (Listen!), Deuteronomy 32:1 – 32:52. As introduced in last week’s reading, Moses concludes his messages from God to the Israelites just before they enter the Land. As God warns over and over, the People will forget about their covenant with God and ultimately be exiled. But God will bring them back! …

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Vayelech – October 8 – 6 Tishrei

This week we read Vayelech (And He Went), Deuteronomy 31:1 – 31:30. This is the weekly portion with the fewest verses, and is often combined with the previous week’s portion, Nitzavim. In the parashah, Moses tells the Israelites to be strong and courageous, as God and Joshua would soon lead them into the Promised Land. Moses …

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