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. Bereishit
    In the beginning
    Genesis 1:1 – 6:8
  2. Noach
    Noah (rest) 
    Genesis 6:9 – 11:32
  3. *Lech Lechah
    Go forth, yourself! 
    Genesis 12:1 – 17:27
  4. *Va’yeirah
    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. *Va’yeitzi
    And he went out
    Genesis 28:10 – 32:3
  8. *Va’yishlach
    And he sent
    Genesis 32:4 – 36:43
  9. *Va’yeishev
    And he settled
    Genesis 37:1 – 40:23
  10. *Miketz
    At the end of
    Genesis 41:1 – 44:17
  11. *Va’yigash
    And he drew near
    Genesis 44:18 – 47:27
  12. Va’yechi
    And he lived
    Genesis 47:28 – 50:26

Exodus

  1. *Shemot
    Names
    Exodus 1:1 – 6:1
  2. *Va’eirah
    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
    Judgements
    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
    And he assembled
    Exodus 35:1 – 38:20
  11. Pekudei
    Accountings of
    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
    She bears seed
    Leviticus 12:1 – 13:59
  5. Metzora
    Infected one
    Leviticus 14:1 – 15:33
  6. Achrei Mot
    After the death
    Leviticus 16:1 – 18:30
  7. Kedoshim
    Holy ones
    Leviticus 19:1 – 20:27
  8. Emore
    Say!
    Leviticus 21:1–24:23
  9. Behar
    On the Mount
    Leviticus 25:1 -26:2
  10. Bechukotai
    In My statutes
    Leviticus 26:3–27:34

Numbers

  1. Bamidbar
    In the wilderness
    Numbers 1:1 – 4:20
  2. Nasso
    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. Mattot-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. *Eikev
    Because
    Deuteronomy 7:12 – 11:25
    Other
  4. Re’eh
    Behold
    Deuteronomy 11:26 – 16:17
    Other
  5. *Shoftim
    Judges
    Deuteronomy 16:18 – 21:9
    Other
  6. Kee Taysay
    When you go out
    Deuteronomy 21:10 – 25:19
    Other
  7. Kee Tavo
    When you come in
    Deuteronomy 26:1 – 29:8
    Other
  8. Nitavim-Vayyelech
    Are standing
    Deuteronomy 29:9 – 30:20
  9. *Ha’azinu
    Give ear
    Deuteronomy 32:1 – 32:52
  10. Vezot Haberakhah
    and this is the blessing
    Deuteronomy 33:1 – 34:12

Holiday Portions

  1. Rosh Hashanah, Day 1
    Jewish New Year
    Gen 21:1-34
  2. Rosh Hashanah, Day 2
    Jewish New Year
    Gen 22:1-24
  3. Yom Kippur, Morning
    Lev 16:1-34
  4. Yom Kippur, Afternoon
    Lev 18:1-30
  5. Sukkot
    Feast of Tabernacles
    Exodus 33:12 – 34:26
    Numbers 29:17 – 25
  6. Hanukkah
    Festival of Lights
    Numbers 7:1-8:4
  7. Purim
    Exodus 17:8-16
  8. Ta’anit
    Exodus 32:11-14;
    Exodus 34:1-10
  9. Pesach, day 1
    Passover
    Exodus 12:21 – 51
    Numbers 28:16 – 25
  10. Pesach, day 2
    Passover
    Deuteronomy 14:22 – 16:17
    Numbers 28:19 – 25
  11. Shavuot I
    Exodus 19:1–20:23;
    Numbers 28:26-31
  12. Shavuot II
    Deuteronomy 15:19–16:17;
    Numbers 28:26-31
  13. Tzom Tammuz
    Exodus 32:11-14;
    Exodus 34:1-10
  14. Tish’a B’Av
    Deuteronomy 4:25-40
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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Parsha Emore (Leviticus 21:1-24:23)
Author: Glenn Harris

  The God Who Pays Attention to Details (“Say it!”) Leviticus 21:1-24:23 Rabbi Glenn The parasha for this Shabbat is entitled Emor, which means “Say it!” and covers Leviticus chapters 21 through 24. These chapters reveal to us a God who is holy, who pays attention to details, and demands the same of those who […]

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Parsha Achrei Mot (Leviticus 16:1–18:30)
April 16, 2013
Author: Glenn Harris

  No Blood = No Atonement Acharei Mot (“After the death”) Leviticus 16:1-18:30 Rabbi Glenn Our parasha for this Shabbat is entitled Acharei Mot, meaning “after the death” and spans Leviticus 16-18. The subject matter of chapter 16 is Yom Kippur – the Day of Atonement, the most solemn and significant day of the year in […]

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Parsha Tazria-Metzora (Leviticus 12:1-15:33)
April 10, 2013
Author: Glenn Harris

Leprous Ones Tazria-Metzora  (“She gives birth” and “Concerning lepers”) Leviticus 12:1-15:33 Our parashot for this Shabbat (there are two) are entitled Tazria, meaning “(when) she gives birth” and Metzora, meaning “concerning lepers”. These readings cover Leviticus chapters twelve through fifteen. The common theme running through these chapters is cleanness and uncleanness and maintaining a divide […]

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Vayikra “and He called” Leviticus 1:1–5:26
March 13, 2013
Author: Glenn Harris

Prototypes All Vayyikra 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 Vayyikra, or in English, the book of Leviticus. Vayyikra is translated “And He called out”. The reading takes us from Leviticus chapters one through […]

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Parsha – Vayakhel and Pekudei Exodus 35:1-40:38
March 4, 2013
Author: Glenn Harris

    The God of Second Chances Vayakhel and Pekudei – Exodus 35:1-40:38 Rabbi Glenn The parashot (there are two) for this Shabbat are entitled Vayakhel, meaning And He Assembled and Pekudei, meaning the Amount or Number, and they take us through the end of the book of Exodus. We again encounter Bezalel and Oholiab […]

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Parsha – Ki Tissa Exodus 30:11 – 34:35
February 25, 2013
Author: Glenn Harris

Doing Things God’s Way Ki Tissa (“When You Take up/Carry Out”) Exodus 30:11 – 34:35 Rabbi Glenn The parasha for this Shabbat is entitled Ki Tissa, meaning “When you take up” (or carry out, in this case, a census), and covers Exodus chapters 30-34. Chapter 30 is largely taken up with the consecration of Aaron […]

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Parsha – Tetzaveh Exodus 27:20–30:10
February 20, 2013
Author: Glenn Harris

Tetzaveh (give the command) Exodus 27:20-30:10 Rabbi Glenn   Our parasha for this Shabbat is entitled Tetzaveh, meaning “give the command” and covers Exodus 27:20 through 30:10. This passage gives us the details of the bronze altar and its tools, the golden altar of incense and the garments and accessories for Aaron and his sons, […]

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Parsha-Terumah (Exodus 25:1 – 27:19)
February 11, 2013
Author: Glenn Harris

Terumah (Exodus 25:1 – 27:19) Rabbi Glenn 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… In fact, I recently happened upon a useful resource: The Dimwit’s Dictionary: 5,000 Overused Words and Phrases, and […]

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Parsha – Mishpatim Exodus 21:1 – 24:18
February 4, 2013
Author: Glenn Harris

Behold, I Stand at the Door and Knock! Mishpatim Exodus 21:1 – 24:18 Rabbi Glenn The Torah reading for this Shabbat is called Mishpatim, meaning ‘judgments’ and spans Exodus 21 through 24. This section of the Torah contains extensive case law; fines and/or punishments for a broad spectrum of offenses having to do with personal […]

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Yitro (“Jethro”) Exodus 18:1-20:23
January 28, 2013
Author: Glenn Harris

A Cosmic Encounter Yitro (“Jethro”) Exodus 18:1-20:23 Rabbi Glenn   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 awesome and history-changing encounter between God and Israel at Sinai, and the giving of Aseret HaD’varim – The Ten Commandments. […]

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Parsha: Beshalach (Exodus 13:17-17:16)
January 21, 2013
Author: Glenn Harris

Torah Portion Study: An Event to Remember Forever! Beshalach (Exodus 13:17-17:16) By Rabbi Glenn This Shabbat’s parasha is Beshalach which means “in his sending“, referring to Pharaoh finally letting the Jewish people go (after ten terrible plagues), and it takes us through Exodus chapter 17. When God led us out of Egypt, He didn’t take […]

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Parsha – Bo (Exodus 10:1-13:16) 
January 14, 2013
Author: Glenn Harris

Torah Portion Study:A Flawless Lamb Parasha Bo (Exodus 10:1-13:16)        By Rabbi Glenn 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 warnings to Pharaoh, all of which went unheeded, and despite dire plagues poured out on Egypt, Pharaoh repeatedly hardened […]

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