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.

This Week’s Torah Portion

Torah Portion for
Oct 20, 2018

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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)
Topics: parsha
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)
Topics: parsha
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)
Topics: parsha
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)
Topics: parsha
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)
Topics: parsha
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)
Topics: parsha
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)
Topics: parsha
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)
Topics: parsha
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)
Topics: parsha
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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Parsha: Ki Tissa (Exodus 30:11 – 34:35)
Author: Glenn Harris

Parsha: Ki Tissa (Exodus 30:11 – 34:35) Doing Things God’s Way Ki Tissa כִּי תִשָּׂא‬ (“When You Take up/Carry Out”) Exodus 30:11 – 34:35 The parasha for this Shabbat is entitled Ki Tissa, meaning “When you take up” (or carry out, in this...

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Parsha: Vayakhel – Pekudei (Exodus 35:1 – 40:38)
Author: Glenn Harris

Parsha: Vayakhel – Pekudei (Exodus 35:1 – 40:38) The God of Second Chances Vayakhel – Pekudei ויקהל ופקודי  (“And he assembled” and “Amount”) – Exodus 35:1-40:38 The parashot (there are two) for this Shabbat are entitled Vayakhel,...

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Parsha: Vayikra (Leviticus 1:1 – 5:26)
Author: Glenn Harris

Parsha: Vayikra (Leviticus 1:1 – 5:26) Prototypes All Vayyikra וַיִּקְרָא‬ (“And He called out”) Leviticus 1:1-5:26 The parasha for this Shabbat is entitled Vayyikra, and it begins this, the third book of the Torah, which goes by the same name: Sefer...

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Parsha: Tzav (Leviticus 6:1 – 8:36)
Topics: parsha
Author: Glenn Harris

Parsha: Tzav (Leviticus 6:1 – 8:36) The Antithesis of Minimalism Tzav צַו (“Give the Command!“) Leviticus 6:1 (6:8) – 8:36 The Torah reading for this Shabbat is entitled Tzav, meaning, “Give the command!” and covers Leviticus chapters six...

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Parsha: Shemini (Leviticus 9:1 – 11:47)
Topics: parsha
Author: Glenn Harris

Parsha: Shemini (Leviticus 9:1 – 11:47) The Peril of Self-Willed Religion Shemini שְּׁמִינִי (“The Eighth“) Leviticus 9:1 – 11:47 The parasha this Shabbat is entitled Shemini, meaning “the eighth” and spans Leviticus chapters 9-11. Aaron and his sons...

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Parsha: Tazria – Metzora (Leviticus 12:1 – 15:33)
Author: Glenn Harris

Parsha: Tazria – Metzora (Leviticus 12:1 – 15:33) Leprous Ones Tazria – Metzora תזריע ומצורע (“She gives birth” and “Concerning lepers”) Leviticus 12:1-15:33 Our parashot for this Shabbat (there are two) are entitled Tazria,...

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