Parsha (Weekly Torah Portion)

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Date (Saturday)
Parsha Video & Study
Meaning of Parsha Name
Torah Portion (Passages)

September 22, 2015
Yom Kippur
Day of Atonement
Leviticus 16:1 – 34, 
Numbers  29:7 – 11

September 26, 2015
*Ha’azinu
Give ear
Deuteronomy 32:1 – 32:52

October 3 2015
Sukkot
Feast of Tabernacles
Exodus 33:12 – 34:26
Numbers 29:17 – 25

October 10, 2015
Bereishit
In the beginning
Genesis 1:1 – 6:8

October 17, 2015
Noach
Noah (rest) 
Genesis 6:9 – 11:32

October 24, 2015
*Lech Lechah
Go forth, yourself! 
Genesis 12:1 – 17:27

October 31, 2015
*Va’yeirah
And He appeared 
Genesis 18:1 – 22:24

November 7, 2015
Chayei Sarah
Life of Sarah 
Genesis 23:1 – 25:18

November 14, 2015
*Toldot
Generations
Genesis 25:19 – 28:9

November 21, 2015
*Va’yeitzi
And he went out
Genesis 28:10 – 32:3

November 28, 2015
*Va’yishlach
And he sent
Genesis 32:4 – 36:43

December 5, 2015
*Va’yeishev
And he settled
Genesis 37:1 – 40:23

December 12, 2015
*Miketz
At the end of
Genesis 41:1 – 44:17

December 19, 2015
*Va’yigash
And he drew near
Genesis 44:18 – 47:27

December 26, 2015
Va’yechi
And he lived
Genesis 47:28 – 50:26

January 2, 2016
*Shemot
Names
Exodus 1:1 – 6:1

January 9, 2016
*Va’eirah
And I appeared
Exodus 6:2 – 9:35

January 16, 2016
Bo
Enter!
Exodus 10:1 – 13:16

January 23, 2016
Beshalach
When he let go
Exodus 13:17 – 17:16

January 30, 2016
Yitro
Jethro (abundance)
Exodus 18:1 – 20:23

February 6, 2016
Mishpatim
Judgements
Exodus 21:1 – 24:18

February 13, 2016
Terumah
Offering
Exodus 25:1 – 27:19

February 20, 2016
Tetzaveh
You shall command
Exodus 27:20 – 30:10

February 27, 2016
Ki Tissa
When you elevate
Exodus 30:11 – 34:35

March 5, 2016
Vayakhel
And he assembled
Exodus 35:1 – 38:20
Exodus 38:21 – 40:38

March 12, 2016
Pekudei
Accountings of
Leviticus 1:1 – 5:26

March 19, 2016
Vayikra
And He called
Leviticus 6:1 – 8:36

March 24, 2016
Purim
Purim
Exodus 17:8-16

March 25, 2016
Shushan Purim
Shushan Purim
Exodus 17:8-16

March 26, 2016
*Tzav
Command!
 

April 2, 2016
*Shemini
Eighth
Leviticus 9:1 – 11:47

April 9, 2016
Tazria
She bears seed
Leviticus 12:1 – 13:59

April 16, 2016
Metzora
Infected one
Leviticus 14:1 – 15:33

May 7, 2016
Ta’anit
 
Exodus 32:11-14;
Exodus 34:1-10

April 23, 2016
Pesach, day 1

Passover
Exodus  12:21 – 51
Numbers 28:16 – 25

April 24, 2016
Pesach, day 2

Passover
Deuteronomy 14:22 – 16:17
Numbers 28:19 – 25

May 7, 2016
Achrei Mot
After the death
Leviticus 16:1 – 18:30

May 14, 2016
Kedoshim
Holy ones
Leviticus 19:1 – 20:27

May 21, 2016

Emore
Say!
Leviticus 21:1–24:23

May 28, 2016
Behar
On the Mount
Leviticus 25:1 -26:2

June 4, 2016
Bechukotai
In My statutes
Leviticus 26:3–27:34

June 11, 2016
Bamidbar
In the wilderness
Numbers 1:1 – 4:20

June 12, 2016
Shavuot I
 
Exodus 19:1–20:23;
Numbers 28:26-31

June 13, 2016
Shavuot II
 
Deuteronomy 15:19–16:17;
Numbers 28:26-31

June 18, 2016
Nasso
Elevate!
Numbers 4:21 – 7:89

June 25, 2016
Beha’alotecha
In your making go up
Numbers 8:1 – 12:16

July 2, 2016
Shelach Lecha
Send for yourself
Numbers 13:1 – 15:41

July 9, 2016
Korach
Korah (bald)
Numbers 16:1 – 18:32

July 16, 2016
Chukat
Ordinance of
Numbers 19:1 – 22:1

July 23, 2016
Balak
Balak (destroyer)
Numbers 22:2 – 25:9

July 24, 2016
Tzom Tammuz
 
Exodus 32:11-14;
Exodus 34:1-10

July 30, 2016
Pinchas
Phinehas (dark-skinned)
Numbers 25:10 – 30:1

August 6, 2016
Mattot-Masei
Tribes
Journeys of
Numbers 30:2 – 32:42
Numbers 33:1 – 36:13

August 13, 2016
*Devarim
Words
Deuteronomy 1:1 – 3:22

August 14, 2016
Tish’a B’Av
 
Deuteronomy 4:25-40

August 20, 2016
Va’etchanan
And I besought
Deuteronomy 3:23 – 7:11

August 27, 2016
*Eikev
Because
Deuteronomy 7:12 – 11:25

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

Other
Re’eh
Behold
Deuteronomy 11:26 – 16:17

Other
*Shoftim
Judges
Deuteronomy 16:18 – 21:9

Other
Kee Taysay
When you go out
Deuteronomy 21:10 – 25:19

Other
Kee Tavo
When you come in
Deuteronomy 26:1 – 29:8

Other
Nitavim-Vayyelech
Are standing
Deuteronomy 29:9 – 30:20

Vayishlach (“And he sent”) Genesis 32:4 – 36:43
August 1, 2015
Author: Glenn Harris

  Unfinished Business Vayishlach (“And he sent”) Genesis 32:4 – 36:43 Rabbi Glenn 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 section of Genesis is unfinished business and conflict resolution. This should come as no surprise, […]

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Vayetze (“And he went forth”) Genesis 28:10 – 32:3
Author: Glenn Harris

  Wheeling and Dealing Vayetze (“And he went forth”) Genesis 28:10 – 32:3 Rabbi Glenn 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 his brother Esau, and makes the long journey back to Haran (about 550 miles, “as […]

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Toledot (“Generations”) Genesis 25:19-28:9
July 31, 2015
Author: Glenn Harris

  Trust and Obey Toledot (“Generations”) Genesis 25:19-28:9 Rabbi Glenn 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 Scripture, it becomes evident that God is giving us an ever-narrowing and increasingly selective genealogical line meant to point us to the Redeemer, Messiah […]

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Vayera (“And He Appeared”) Genesis 18:1-22:24
Author: Glenn Harris

  Heaven’s Laughter Vayera (“And He Appeared”) Genesis 18:1-22:24 Rabbi Glenn 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 appeared to Abraham. Do you think you’d recognize God if He showed up at your home? At first, all […]

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Lech L’cha (“Go forth!”) Genesis 12:1 – 17:27
Author: Glenn Harris

  Go… Now! Lech L’cha (“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 Genesis 12. If any of you are 75 years or older, I want you to know that Lech […]

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HaAzinu (Give Ear!) Deuteronomy 32:1-52
Author: Glenn Harris

  Rock Music HaAzinu (Give Ear!)  Deuteronomy 32:1-52 Rabbi Glenn Lend me your ears and I’ll sing you a song… If you were thinking of Sgt. Pepper, think again. The parasha for this Shabbat is Deuteronomy chapter 32, and is entitled HaAzinu, from the Hebrew word ozen – ear. HaAzinu means “Give ear!”. It opens […]

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Parsha BaMidbar (Numbers 1:1-4:20)
May 23, 2014
Author: Glenn Harris

  The Yeshiva of Hard Knocks BaMidbar (“In the Wilderness”) Numbers 1:1-4:20 Rabbi Glenn The Torah portion for this Shabbat is BaMidbar, meaning “In the Wilderness”. It marks the beginning of the book of Numbers. As many of you know, the Hebrew names for the books of the Torah are derived from the key word […]

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Parsha Vayechi (Genesis 47:28 – 50:26)
December 11, 2013
Author: Glenn Harris

A Good End Vayechi ("And he lived") Genesis 47:28 – 50:26 Rabbi Glenn The Torah reading for this week is entitled Vayechi, meaning "And he lived", referring to Joseph, and completes the book of B’reysheet. Last Shabbat we contemplated Jacob’s joyful reunion with his son Joseph, whom he had for so many years presumed to […]

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Parsha Chayei Sarah (Genesis 23:1-25:18)
October 22, 2013
Author: Glenn Harris

Lives Well Lived Chayei Sarah(“The Life of Sarah”) Genesis 23:1-25:18 Rabbi Glenn 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, since it records her death (at 127 years of age). After grieving for Sarah, Abraham approaches the sons of Heth […]

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Parsha Noach (Genesis 6:9 – 11:32)
October 2, 2013
Author: Glenn Harris

The Urgency of the Task Noach  Genesis 6:9 – 11:32 Rabbi Glenn 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 all life on Earth except Noah, his family and ancestral pairs of all animals. But the Flood isn’t the main theme. […]

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Parsha Bereishit (Genesis 1:1 – 6:8)
September 27, 2013
Author: Glenn Harris

A Level and Firm Foundation B’resheet (“In the Beginning”) Genesis 1:1 – 6:8 Rabbi Glenn This Shabbat marks the beginning, the starting again of the yearly cycle of synagogue readings. Genesis is called in Hebrew B’resheet, because that is the very first word, not only of this book, but of all the books, all the […]

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Parsha Nitavim-Vayyelech (Deuteronomy 29:9 – 31:30)
August 26, 2013
Author: Glenn Harris

  Stand and Affirm! Nitzavim-Vayyelech (Those Taking a Stand / And He Went) Deuteronomy 29:9 – 31:30 Rabbi Glenn The parashot for this week (two of them) are entitled Nitzavim, a word meaning “Those taking a stand” and Vayyelech, meaning “And he went”. The word used for “stand” is different from the common Hebrew verb for […]

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Parsha Kee Tavo (Deuteronomy 26:1 – 29:8)
August 21, 2013
Author: Glenn Harris

  Covenant and Consequence Kee Tavo– Deuteronomy 26:1 – 29:8 Rabbi Glenn Last week’s parasha was entitled Kee Taytasay (“When you go out”). This week it’s Kee Tavo (“When you come in”) and it spans Deuteronomy 26:1 through 29:8. Coming and going – sounds like the history of the Jewish people, doesn’t it? And it […]

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Parsha Kee Taysay (Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19)
August 15, 2013
Author: Glenn Harris

  Constraining Sinful Appetites Kee Taytsay (“When You Go Out”) – Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19 Rabbi Glenn This week’s parasha Kee Taytsay, meaning, “When you go out”, covers Deuteronomy chapters 21 through 25. This portion of the Torah contains little narrative, but rather comprises a lengthy list of assorted commands – by Maimonides’ count 72 separate injunctions! If one […]

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Parsha Re’eh (Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17)
July 29, 2013
Author: Glenn Harris

Re’eh(“See!”) Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17 Rabbi Glenn   The parasha for this Shabbat is entitled Re’eh (“See!”) and takes us from Deuteronomy 11:26 through 16:17. This reading consists of commandments governing everything from worship to dietary prohibitions; from finances to festivals. It also contains a series of warnings, principally that we not imitate the horrific practices of […]

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Parsha Va’etchanan (Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11)
July 17, 2013
Author: Glenn Harris

The Commandment is to Love Va’etchanan(“and I pleaded”) Deuteronomy 3:23 – 7:11 Rabbi Glenn The Torah portion for this Shabbat is called Va’etchanan, meaning “and I pleaded”. It covers chapter 3, verse 23 through chapter 7, verse 11. As the parsha opens, Moses pleads with Adonai to reconsider allowing him to cross over into the […]

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Parsha Mattot-Masei (Numbers 30:2 – 36:13)
July 1, 2013
Author: Glenn Harris

Now The Real Work Begins! Mattot-Massei  Numbers 30:2 – 36:13 Rabbi Glenn The two Torah readings for this Shabbat are entitled Mattot and Massei, translated “tribes” and “journeys” and bring us to the end of the book of BaMidbar (Numbers). Chapter 30 discusses the importance of promises. If a man or a woman swears an […]

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Parsha Pinchas (Numbers 25-29)
June 24, 2013
Author: Glenn Harris

  A Frightful Example Pinchas– Numbers 25:10-30:1 Rabbi Glenn The parasha for this Shabbat is entitled Pinchas, covers Numbers 25-29, and is named after a man some might suggest “took the law into his own hands”. In the previous chapters, on which David did an outstanding job last Shabbat teaching, we found the king of […]

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Parsha Balak (Numbers 22:2-25:9)
June 18, 2013
Author: Glenn Harris

  A Prophet Without Honor / A World Without Israel Balak Numbers 22:2 – 25:9 Introduction: For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil (1 Tim. 6:10) Our parasha for this Shabbat is entitled Balak, the name of the king of Moab. It spans Numbers 22:2 through 25:9 and this […]

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Parsha Chukat (Numbers 19:1 – 22:1)
Author: Glenn Harris

The Terms of Redemption Chukat (“Statutes”) Numbers 19:1 – 22:1 Rabbi Glenn Our parasha for this Shabbat is entitled Chukat, meaning “Statute (of the Law)” and covers Numbers 19 – 21. Chapter 19 includes the commandment concerning the ashes of the now-famous “Red Heifer”. I say “now famous” because of the renewed interest in the […]

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Parsha Korach (Numbers 16:1 – 18:32)
Author: Glenn Harris

Populist Pretense Korach Numbers 16:1 – 18:32 Rabbi Glenn The parasha for this Shabbat is entitled Korach, and covers Numbers chapters 16-18. It is named after the infamous leader of a failed rebellion against Moses and Aaron – one which ended catastrophically. Korah and his two co-conspirators, Dat’an and Aviram, gathered 250 leading men, and […]

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Pasha Sh’Lach (Numbers 13:1-15:41)
May 28, 2013
Author: Glenn Harris

  Super Spies Sh’lach L’cha– Numbers 13:1 – 15:41 Rabbi Glenn The parasha this Shabbat  is calledSh’lach L’cha, meaning “send out for yourself…”. God directed Moses, “Send out for yourself men so that they may spy out the landof Canaan, which I am giving to the sons of Israel…”Moses chose one leader from each tribe, […]

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Parsha Beha’alotecha (Numbers 8:1–12:16)
May 22, 2013
Author: Glenn Harris

   Misplaced Loyalty B’ha-alotecha– Numbers 8:1 – 12:16 Rabbi Glenn The Torah reading for this week is B’ha-alotecha, meaning “when you raise up”, referring to Aaron mounting the seven lamps that made up the golden lampstand. The reading is Numbers (BaMidbar), chapters 8 through 12. A whole lot of events are recorded in this section […]

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Parsha Naso (Numbers 4:21–7:89)
May 13, 2013
Author: Glenn Harris

  The Principle of Separation Naso (“Lift/Carry/Shlep!”) Numbers 4:21 – 7:89 Rabbi Glenn The Torah portion for this Shabbat is called Naso (??????), from the verb meaning “to lift, to take or to carry (can have the connotation also of weights in scales)”. It spans Numbers chapters four through seven. Moses is asked to conduct a […]

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Parsha Bamidbar (Numbers 1:1–4:20)
May 10, 2013
Author: Glenn Harris

The Yeshiva of Hard Knocks BaMidbar (“In the Wilderness”) Numbers 1:1-4:20 Rabbi Glenn The Torah portion for this Shabbat is BaMidbar, meaning “In the Wilderness”. It marks the beginning of the book of Numbers. As many of you know, the Hebrew names for the books of the Torah are derived from the key word in […]

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Parsha Behar (Leviticus 25:1–26:2)
May 1, 2013
Author: Glenn Harris

  Do-Over B’Har (Leviticus 25:1-55) Rabbi Glenn This Shabbat’s reading, Leviticus 25, is entitled B’Har, translated “on the mountain“. In it we find the commandment to have a rest every seventh year. The pattern is six-to-one. Six days of labor and then one day of rest; six years of labor and then one year of […]

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