Parsha (Weekly Torah Portion)

Check out this fun and quick summary of each week's parsha. You don't have to be Jewish to keep your eyes open for a series of these videos and Torah portion studies that can brighten up your week.
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Weekly Parsha Videos and Studies

Genesis

  1. Bereshit In the beginning Genesis 1:1 - 6:8
  2. Noach Noah (rest) Genesis 6:9 - 11:32
  3. Lech Lecha Go forth, yourself! Genesis 12:1 - 17:27
  4. Vayera And He appeared Genesis 18:1 - 22:24
  5. Chayei Sarah Life of Sarah Genesis 23:1 - 25:18
  6. Toldot Generations Genesis 25:19 - 28:9
  7. Vayeitzei And he went out Genesis 28:10 - 32:3
  8. Vayishlach And he sent Genesis 32:4 - 36:43
  9. Vayeishev And he settled Genesis 37:1 - 40:23
  10. Mikeitz At the end of Genesis 41:1 - 44:17
  11. Vayigash And he drew near Genesis 44:18 - 47:27
  12. Vayechi And he lived Genesis 47:28 - 50:26

Exodus

  1. Shemot Names Exodus 1:1 - 6:1
  2. Va'eira And I appeared Exodus 6:2 - 9:35
  3. Bo Enter! Exodus 10:1 - 13:16
  4. Beshalach When he let go Exodus 13:17 - 17:16
  5. Yitro Jethro (abundance) Exodus 18:1 - 20:23
  6. Mishpatim Judgments Exodus 21:1 - 24:18
  7. Terumah Offering Exodus 25:1 - 27:19
  8. Tetzaveh You shall command Exodus 27:20 - 30:10
  9. Ki Tissa When you elevate Exodus 30:11 - 34:35
  10. Vayakhel-Pekudei And he assembled - Accountings of Exodus 35:1 - 38:20 Exodus 38:21 - 40:38

Leviticus

  1. Vayikra And He called Leviticus 1:1 - 5:26
  2. Tzav Command! Leviticus 6:1 - 8:36
  3. Shemini Eighth Leviticus 9:1 - 11:47
  4. Tazria-Metzora  She bears seed - Infected one Leviticus 12:1 - 13:59 Leviticus 14:1 - 15:33
  5. Achrei Mot After the death Leviticus 16:1 - 18:30
  6. Kedoshim Holy ones Leviticus 19:1 - 20:27
  7. Emor Say! Leviticus 21:1 - 24:23
  8. Behar On the Mount Leviticus 25:1 - 26:2
  9. Bechukotai In My statutes Leviticus 26:3 - 27:34

Numbers

  1. Bamidbar In the wilderness Numbers 1:1 - 4:20
  2. Naso Elevate! Numbers 4:21 - 7:89
  3. Beha'alotecha In your making go up Numbers 8:1 - 12:16
  4. Shelach Lecha Send for yourself Numbers 13:1 - 15:41
  5. Korach Bald Numbers 16:1 - 18:32
  6. Chukat Ordinance of Numbers 19:1 - 22:1
  7. Balak Balak (destroyer) Numbers 22:2 - 25:9
  8. Pinchas Phinehas (dark-skinned) Numbers 25:10 - 30:1
  9. Matot-Masei Tribes - Journeys of Numbers 30:2 - 32:42 Numbers 33:1 - 36:13

Deuteronomy

  1. Devarim Words Deuteronomy 1:1 - 3:22
  2. Va'etchanan And I besought Deuteronomy 3:23 - 7:11
  3. Ekev Because Deuteronomy 7:12 - 11:25
  4. Re'eh Behold Deuteronomy 11:26 - 16:17
  5. Shoftim Judges Deuteronomy 16:18 - 21:9
  6. Ki Teitzei When you go out Deuteronomy 21:10 - 25:19
  7. Ki Tavo When you come in Deuteronomy 26:1 - 29:8
  8. Nitzavim-Vayeilech Stand Up and Go - And he went Deuteronomy 29:9 - 30:20 Deuteronomy 31:1 - 30
  9. Ha'azinu Give ear Deuteronomy 32:1 - 32:52
  10. V'Zot HaBerachah And this is the blessing Deuteronomy 33:1 - 34:12

Holiday Portions

Parsha: Bereshit (Genesis 1:1 – 6:8)
January 1, 1970
Topics: parsha
Author: Glenn Harris

Parsha: Bereshit (Genesis 1:1 – 6:8) A Level and Firm Foundation B’resheet בְּרֵאשִׁית‎ (“In the Beginning”) Genesis 1:1 – 6:8 This Shabbat marks the beginning, the starting again of the yearly cycle of synagogue readings. Genesis is called in Hebrew...

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Parsha: Noach (Genesis 6:9 – 11:32)
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Author: Glenn Harris

Parsha: Noach (Genesis 6:9 – 11:32) The Urgency of the Task Noach נֹ֫חַ (“Rest”) Genesis 6:9 – 11:32 This week’s Torah portion is entitled Noach, covering Genesis 6:9 to 11:32. It tells us about the catastrophic world-wide Flood which destroyed...

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Parsha: Lech Lecha (Genesis 12:1 – 17:27)
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Author: Glenn Harris

Parsha: Lech Lecha (Genesis 12:1 – 17:27)   Go… Now! Lech L’cha לֶךְ-לְךָ (“Go forth!”) Genesis 12:1 – 17:27 The Torah portion this morning is entitled Lech L’cha (“Go forth!”) and spans Genesis 12 through 17. Let me invite you to open your Bibles to...

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Parsha: Vayera (Genesis 18:1 – 22:24)
Author: Glenn Harris

Parsha: Vayera (Genesis 18:1 – 22:24) Heaven’s Laughter Vayera פרשת וירא (“And He Appeared”) Genesis 18:1 – 22:24 This week’s parasha is entitled Vayera, meaning “and He appeared” and spans Genesis 18 through 22. Our focus is on Avraham. In chapter 18 God...

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Parsha: Chayei Sarah (Genesis 23:1 – 25:18)
Author: Glenn Harris

Parsha: Chayei Sarah (Genesis 23:1 – 25:18) Lives Well Lived Chayei Sarah חַיֵּי שָׂרָה (“The Life of Sarah”) Genesis 23:1 – 25:18 This week’s parasha, Genesis 23:1 to 25:18, is Chayei Sarah, meaning “The Life of Sarah” the title of which is a little ironic,...

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Parsha: Toldot (Genesis 25:19 – 28:9)
Author: Glenn Harris

Parsha: Toldot (Genesis 25:19 – 28:9) Trust and Obey Tol’dot תּוֹלְדֹת (“Generations”) Genesis 25:19 – 28:9 The parasha for this week is entitled Tol’dot, which means “generations” and takes us from Genesis 25:19 to 28:9. To the careful reader of...

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Parsha: Vayeitzei (Genesis 28:10 – 32:3)
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Author: Glenn Harris

Parsha: Vayeitzei (Genesis 28:10 – 32:3) Wheeling and Dealing Vayetze וַיֵּצֵא (“And he went forth”) Genesis 28:10 – 32:3 The parasha for this week is named Vayetze, which means “and he went forth”. Jacob has to flee from Be’ersheva to escape the wrath of...

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Parsha: Vayishlach (Genesis 32:4 – 36:43)
Author: Glenn Harris

Parsha: Vayishlach (Genesis 32:4 – 36:43) Unfinished Business Vayishlach וַיִּשְׁלַח (“And he sent”) Genesis 32:4 – 36:43 The parasha for this Shabbat is entitled Vayishlach which means “And he sent” and covers Genesis 32 through 36. It seems to me the theme in this...

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Parsha: Vayeishev (Genesis 37:1 – 40:23)
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Author: Glenn Harris

Parsha: Vayeishev (Genesis 37:1 – 40:23) What Dreams Portend Vayeshev וַיֵּשֶׁב‬  (“And he dwelt”) Genesis 37:1 – 40:23 This Shabbat’s parasha is entitled Vayeshev, meaning, ‘and he dwelt’. Jacob is again living in Canaan. Our focus turns to Joseph, Rachel’s...

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Parsha: Mikeitz (Genesis 41:1 – 44:17)
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Author: Glenn Harris

Parsha: Mikeitz (Genesis 41:1 – 44:17) The Reallocation of Assets MiKetz מִקֵּץ (“at the conclusion”) Genesis 41:1 – 44:17     The parasha for this week is entitled MiKetz, meaning “at the conclusion” and covers Genesis 41:1-44:17. Joseph has been in...

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Parsha: Vayigash (Genesis 44:18 – 47:27)
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Author: Glenn Harris

Parsha Vayigash (Genesis 44:18 – 47:27) The Unveiling! Vayigash וַיִּגַּשׁ‬  (“And he drew near”) Genesis 44:18 – 47:27 The parasha for this week is entitled Vayigash (from the verb meaning to draw near) and covers Genesis 44:18-47:27. Judah, completely unaware that...

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Parsha: Vayechi (Genesis 47:28 – 50:26)
Author: Glenn Harris

Parsha: Vayechi (Genesis 47:28 – 50:26) A Good End Vayechi וַיְחִי (“And he lived”) Genesis 47:28 – 50:26 The Torah reading for this week is entitled Vayechi, meaning “And he lived“, referring to Joseph, and completes the book of...

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Parsha: Shemot (Exodus 1:1 – 6:1)
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Author: Glenn Harris

Parsha: Shemot (Exodus 1:1 – 6:1) Being on the Right Side of (Repeated) History Shemot שמות (“Names”) Exodus 1:1 – 6:1 Our Torah reading this Shabbat bears the same name as the book it introduces: Shemot meaning “names”. The English name for the book, Exodus, is...

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Parsha: Va’eira (Exodus 6:2 – 9:35)
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Author: Glenn Harris

Parsha: Va’eira (Exodus 6:2 – 9:35) Lying Lips and a Hard Heart Va’era וָאֵרָא (“And I appeared”) Exodus 6:2 – 9:35   The parasha for this Shabbat is entitled Va’era, meaning “…and I appeared” and covers Exodus chapters six through...

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Parsha: Bo (Exodus 10:1 – 13:16) 
Topics: passover, parsha
Author: Glenn Harris

Parsha: Bo (Exodus 10:1 – 13:16)   A Flawless Lamb Bo בֹּא (“Go!”) Exodus 10:1 – 13:16 The parasha for this Shabbat is entitled Bo, meaning “Go!” and takes us from Exodus chapters 10 through most of 13. Despite God’s repeated...

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Parsha: Beshalach (Exodus 13:17 – 17:16)
Topics: passover, parsha
Author: Glenn Harris

Parsha: Beshalach (Exodus 13:17 – 17:16) An Event to Remember Forever! Beshalach בְּשַׁלַּח (“In his sending”) Exodus 13:17 – 17:16 This Shabbat’s parasha is Beshalach which means “in his sending“, referring to Pharaoh finally...

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Parsha: Yitro (Exodus 18:1 – 20:23)
Author: Glenn Harris

Parsha: Yitro (Exodus 18:1 – 20:23) A Cosmic Encounter Yitro יִתְרוֹ (“Jethro”) Exodus 18:1 – 20:23 The parasha for this Shabbat is entitled Yitro – Jethro, the name of Moses’ father-in-law, and covers Exodus chapters 18-20. This Torah portion includes the...

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Parsha: Mishpatim (Exodus 21:1 – 24:18)
Author: Glenn Harris

Parsha: Mishpatim (Exodus 21:1 – 24:18) Behold, I Stand at the Door and Knock! Mishpatim  מִּשְׁפָּטִים‬ (“Judgments”) Exodus 21:1 – 24:18 The Torah reading for this Shabbat is called Mishpatim, meaning ‘judgments’ and spans Exodus...

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Parsha: Terumah (Exodus 25:1 – 27:19)
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Author: Glenn Harris

Parsha: Terumah (Exodus 25:1 – 27:19) Terumah תְּרוּמָה (“Offering”) Exodus 25:1 – 27:19 These days we have quite an array of tired, overused clichés at our disposal, such as “At the end of the day…” “When the rubber meets the road…” and so on…...

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Parsha: Tetzaveh (Exodus 27:20 – 30:10)
Author: Glenn Harris

Parsha: Tetzaveh (Exodus 27:20 – 30:10) Tetzaveh תְּצַוֶּה‬  (“Give the command“) Exodus 27:20 – 30:10 Our parasha for this Shabbat is entitled Tetzaveh, meaning “give the command” and covers Exodus 27:20 through 30:10. This passage...

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