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Torah Study

Torah Study

"It is a tree of life to all who grasp it, and whoever holds on to it is happy; its ways are ways of pleasantness, and all it paths are peace." (Proverbs 3:17-18)

Torah usually refers to the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Hebrew Bible – Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. These books make up the story of the Jewish people. These ancient stories touch upon science, history, philosophy, ritual and ethics. Included are stories of individuals, families, wars, slavery and more. Virtually no subject was taboo for Torah. Running through these stories is the unique lens through which the Jewish people would come to view their world and their God.

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This Week's Torah Portion

Torah Portion Calendar

December, 2016

  • 10
    Torah Reading
    Genesis 28:10−32:3
    Haftarah Reading

    Hosea 12:13-14:10

December, 2016

  • 17
    Torah Reading
    Genesis 32:4−36:43
    Haftarah Reading

    Hosea 11:7-12:12

December, 2016

  • 24
    Torah Reading
    Genesis 37:1−40:23
    Haftarah Reading

    Amos 2:6-3:8

December, 2016

  • 31
    Torah Reading
    Genesis 41:1−44:17
    Haftarah Reading

    Zechariah 4:1-7
    ​Hanukkah

January, 2017

  • 7
    Torah Reading
    Genesis 44:18−47:27
    Haftarah Reading

    Ezekiel 37:15-28

January, 2017

  • 14
    Torah Reading
    Genesis 47:28–50:26
    Haftarah Reading

    I Kings 2:1-12

January, 2017

  • 21
    Torah Reading
    Exodus 1:1−6:1
    Haftarah Reading

    Isaiah 27:6-28:13; 29:22-23

January, 2017

  • 28
    Torah Reading
    Exodus 6:2−9:35
    Haftarah Reading

    Ezekiel 28:25-29:21 or Isaiah 66:1-13,23
    Rosh Chodesh

February, 2017

  • 4
    Torah Reading
    Exodus 10:1−13:16
    Haftarah Reading

    Jeremiah 46:13-28

February, 2017

  • 11
    Torah Reading
    Exodus 13:17−17:16
    Haftarah Reading

    Judges 4:4-5:31
    Shabbat Shirah, Tu BiSh'vat

     

February, 2017

  • 18
    Torah Reading
    Exodus 18:1–20:23
    Haftarah Reading

    Isaiah 6:1-7:6; 9:5-6

February, 2017

  • 25
    Torah Reading
    Exodus 21:1−24:18
    Haftarah Reading

    II Kings 12:5-16
    Shabbat Sh'kalim

March, 2017

  • 4
    Torah Reading
    Exodus 25:1−27:19
    Haftarah Reading

    I Kings 5:26–6:13

March, 2017

  • 11
    Torah Reading
    Exodus 27:20−30:10
    Haftarah Reading

    Esther 7:1-10; 8:15-17 or I Samuel 15:2-34
    Shabbat Zachor

March, 2017

  • 18
    Torah Reading
    Exodus 30:11−34:35
    Haftarah Reading

    Ezekiel 36:22-36
    Shabbat Parah

March, 2017

  • 25
    Torah Reading
    Exodus 35:1–40:38
    Haftarah Reading

    Ezekiel 45:16-25 
    Shabbat HaChodesh

April, 2017

  • 1
    Torah Reading
    Leviticus 1:1−5:26
    Haftarah Reading

    Isaiah 43:21−44:23

April, 2017

  • 8
    Torah Reading
    Leviticus 6:1−8:36
    Haftarah Reading

    Malachi 3:4-24
    Shabbat HaGadol

April, 2017

  • 15
    Torah Reading
    Holidays Exodus 33:12-34:26
    Haftarah Reading

    Eze 37:1-14, Song of Songs
    Chol HaMo-eid Pesach

April, 2017

  • 22
    Torah Reading
    Leviticus 9:1-11:47
    Haftarah Reading

    II Samuel 6:1-17

April, 2017

  • 29
    Torah Reading
    Leviticus 12:1-15:33
    Haftarah Reading

    II Kings 7:3-20

May, 2017

May, 2017

  • 13
    Torah Reading
    Leviticus 21:1−24:23
    Haftarah Reading

    Ezekiel 44:15-31

May, 2017

  • 20
    Torah Reading
    Leviticus 25:1-26:2 / 26:3-27:34
    Haftarah Reading

    Jeremiah 16:19-17:14

     

May, 2017

  • 27
    Torah Reading
    Numbers 1:1−4:20
    Haftarah Reading

    Hosea 2:1–22

June, 2017

  • 3
    Torah Reading
    Numbers 4:21−7:89
    Haftarah Reading

    Judges 13:2-25

June, 2017

  • 10
    Torah Reading
    Numbers 8:1−12:16
    Haftarah Reading

    Zech. 2:14-4:7

June, 2017

  • 17
    Torah Reading
    Numbers 13:1−15:41
    Haftarah Reading

    Josh. 2:1-24

June, 2017

  • 24
    Torah Reading
    Numbers 16:1−18:32
    Haftarah Reading

    I Samuel 11:14-12:22 or I Samuel 20:18-42 or Isaiah 66:1-13,23 
    Machar Chodesh or Rosh Chodesh 

July, 2017

  • 1
    Torah Reading
    Numbers 19:1−22:1
    Haftarah Reading

    Jud. 11:1-33

July, 2017

  • 8
    Torah Reading
    Numbers 22:2−25:9
    Haftarah Reading

    Micah 5:6-6:8

July, 2017

  • 15
    Torah Reading
    Numbers 25:10−30:1
    Haftarah Reading

    Jeremiah 1:1-2:3

July, 2017

  • 22
    Torah Reading
    Numbers 30:2–36:13
    Haftarah Reading

    Jeremiah 2:4–28; 3:4

July, 2017

  • 29
    Torah Reading
    Deuteronomy 1:1−3:22
    Haftarah Reading

    Isaiah 1:1-27
    Chazon

August, 2017

  • 5
    Torah Reading
    Deuteronomy 3:23–7:11
    Haftarah Reading

    Isaiah 40:1-26
    Nachamu

August, 2017

  • 12
    Torah Reading
    Deuteronomy 7:12–11:25
    Haftarah Reading

    Isaiah 49:14-51:3

August, 2017

  • 19
    Torah Reading
    Deuteronomy 11:26–16:17
    Haftarah Reading

    Isaiah 54:11-55:5

August, 2017

  • 26
    Torah Reading
    Deuteronomy 16:18–21:9
    Haftarah Reading

    Isaiah 51:12-52:12

September, 2017

  • 2
    Torah Reading
    Deuteronomy 21:10–25:19
    Haftarah Reading

    Isaiah 54:1-10

September, 2017

  • 9
    Torah Reading
    Deuteronomy 26:1–29:8
    Haftarah Reading

    Isaiah 60:1-22

September, 2017

  • 16
    Torah Reading
    Deuteronomy 29:9–30:20, 31:1–30
    Haftarah Reading

    Isaiah 61:10−63:9
    Selichot is observed 

September, 2017

  • 23
    Torah Reading
    Deuteronomy 32:1–52
    Haftarah Reading

    Hosea 14:2–10, Micah 7:18–20, Joel 2:15–27
    Shabbat Shuvah

September, 2017

  • 30
    Torah Reading
    Holidays Deuteronomy 29:9–14, 30:11–20 (Morning) and Leviticus 19:1-4, 9-18, 32-37 (Afternoon)
    Haftarah Reading

    AM: Isaiah 58:1-14
    PM: Jonah 1:1-4:11 and Micah 7:18-20

October, 2017

  • 7
    Torah Reading
    Holidays Exodus 33:12–34:26
    Haftarah Reading

    Ezekiel 38:18–39:7 (39:16) / Ecclesiastes
    Chol HaMo-eid Sukkot

October, 2017

  • 14
    Torah Reading
    Genesis 1:1−6:8
    Haftarah Reading

    Isaiah 42:5-43:10

October, 2017

  • 21
    Torah Reading
    Genesis 6:9−11:32
    Haftarah Reading

    Isaiah 54:1-55:5

October, 2017

  • 28
    Torah Reading
    Genesis 12:1−17:27
    Haftarah Reading

    Isaiah 40:27-41:16

November, 2017

  • 4
    Torah Reading
    Genesis 18:1–22:24
    Haftarah Reading

    II Kings 4:1-37

November, 2017

  • 11
    Torah Reading
    Genesis 23:1−25:18
    Haftarah Reading

    I Kings 1:1-31

November, 2017

  • 18
    Torah Reading
    Genesis 25:19−28:9
    Haftarah Reading

    Malachi 1:1-2:7

November, 2017

  • 25
    Torah Reading
    Genesis 28:10−32:3
    Haftarah Reading

    Hosea 12:13-14:10

December, 2017

  • 2
    Torah Reading
    Genesis 32:4−36:43
    Haftarah Reading

    Hosea 11:7-12:12

December, 2017

  • 9
    Torah Reading
    Genesis 37:1−40:23
    Haftarah Reading

    Amos 2:6-3:8

December, 2017

  • 16
    Torah Reading
    Genesis 41:1−44:17
    Haftarah Reading

    Zechariah 4:1-7
    ​Hanukkah

December, 2017

  • 23
    Torah Reading
    Genesis 44:18−47:27
    Haftarah Reading

    Ezekiel 37:15-28

December, 2017

  • 30
    Torah Reading
    Genesis 47:28–50:26
    Haftarah Reading

    I Kings 2:1-12

January, 2018

  • 6
    Torah Reading
    Exodus 1:1−6:1
    Haftarah Reading

    Isaiah 27:6-28:13; 29:22-23

January, 2018

  • 13
    Torah Reading
    Exodus 6:2−9:35
    Haftarah Reading

    Ezekiel 28:25-29:21 or Isaiah 66:1-13,23
    Rosh Chodesh

January, 2018

  • 20
    Torah Reading
    Exodus 10:1−13:16
    Haftarah Reading

    Jeremiah 46:13-28

January, 2018

  • 27
    Torah Reading
    Exodus 13:17−17:16
    Haftarah Reading

    Judges 4:4-5:31
    Shabbat Shirah, Tu BiSh'vat

     

February, 2018

  • 3
    Torah Reading
    Exodus 18:1–20:23
    Haftarah Reading

    Isaiah 6:1-7:6; 9:5-6

February, 2018

  • 10
    Torah Reading
    Exodus 21:1−24:18
    Haftarah Reading

    II Kings 12:5-16
    Shabbat Sh'kalim

February, 2018

  • 17
    Torah Reading
    Exodus 25:1−27:19
    Haftarah Reading

    I Kings 5:26–6:13

February, 2018

  • 24
    Torah Reading
    Exodus 27:20−30:10
    Haftarah Reading

    Esther 7:1-10; 8:15-17 or I Samuel 15:2-34
    Shabbat Zachor

March, 2018

  • 3
    Torah Reading
    Exodus 30:11−34:35
    Haftarah Reading

    Ezekiel 36:22-36
    Shabbat Parah

March, 2018

  • 10
    Torah Reading
    Exodus 38:21-40:38
    Haftarah Reading

    I Kings 7:51–8:21

  • 10
    Torah Reading
    Exodus 35:1–38:20
    Haftarah Reading

    II Kings 12:5–16

March, 2018

  • 17
    Torah Reading
    Leviticus 1:1−5:26
    Haftarah Reading

    Isaiah 43:21−44:23

March, 2018

  • 24
    Torah Reading
    Leviticus 6:1−8:36
    Haftarah Reading

    Malachi 3:4-24
    Shabbat HaGadol

March, 2018

  • 31
    Torah Reading
    Holidays Exodus 12:37-42, 13:3-10
    Haftarah Reading

    Isaiah 43:1-15/ Song of Songs

April, 2018

  • 7
    Torah Reading
    Leviticus 9:1–10:11
    Haftarah Reading

    II Samuel 6:1-23

April, 2018

  • 14
    Torah Reading
    Leviticus 10:12–11:47
    Haftarah Reading

    II Samuel 7:1-17

April, 2018

  • 21
    Torah Reading
    Leviticus 14:1-15:33
    Haftarah Reading
  • 21
    Torah Reading
    Leviticus 12:1−13:59
    Haftarah Reading

    Eze. 45:16–25/ Isa. 66:1–13, 23
    HaChodesh, (Rosh Chodesh)

April, 2018

  • 28
    Torah Reading
    Leviticus 19:1-20:27
    Haftarah Reading

    Amos 9:7-15

  • 28
    Torah Reading
    Leviticus 16:1-18:30
    Haftarah Reading

    Malachi 3:4-24
    HaGadol

May, 2018

  • 5
    Torah Reading
    Leviticus 21:1−24:23
    Haftarah Reading

    Ezekiel 44:15-31

May, 2018

  • 12
    Torah Reading
    Leviticus 26:3-27:34
    Haftarah Reading

    Jeremiah 16:19-17:14

  • 12
    Torah Reading
    Leviticus 25:1-26:2
    Haftarah Reading

    Jeremiah 32:6-27

May, 2018

  • 19
    Torah Reading
    Numbers 1:1−4:20
    Haftarah Reading

    Hosea 2:1–22

May, 2018

  • 26
    Torah Reading
    Numbers 4:21−7:89
    Haftarah Reading

    Judges 13:2-25

June, 2018

  • 2
    Torah Reading
    Numbers 8:1−12:16
    Haftarah Reading

    Zech. 2:14-4:7

June, 2018

  • 9
    Torah Reading
    Numbers 13:1−15:41
    Haftarah Reading

    Josh. 2:1-24

June, 2018

  • 16
    Torah Reading
    Numbers 16:1−18:32
    Haftarah Reading

    I Samuel 11:14-12:22 or I Samuel 20:18-42 or Isaiah 66:1-13,23 
    Machar Chodesh or Rosh Chodesh 

June, 2018

  • 23
    Torah Reading
    Numbers 19:1−22:1
    Haftarah Reading

    Jud. 11:1-33

June, 2018

  • 30
    Torah Reading
    Numbers 22:2−25:9
    Haftarah Reading

    Micah 5:6-6:8

July, 2018

  • 7
    Torah Reading
    Numbers 25:10−30:1
    Haftarah Reading

    Jeremiah 1:1-2:3

July, 2018

  • 14
    Torah Reading
    Numbers 33:1-36:13
    Haftarah Reading

    Jeremiah 2:4-28; 3:4; 4:1-2

  • 14
    Torah Reading
    Numbers 30:2−32:42
    Haftarah Reading

    Jeremiah 1:1-2:3

July, 2018

  • 21
    Torah Reading
    Deuteronomy 1:1−3:22
    Haftarah Reading

    Isaiah 1:1-27
    Chazon

July, 2018

  • 28
    Torah Reading
    Deuteronomy 3:23–7:11
    Haftarah Reading

    Isaiah 40:1-26
    Nachamu

August, 2018

  • 4
    Torah Reading
    Deuteronomy 7:12–11:25
    Haftarah Reading

    Isaiah 49:14-51:3

August, 2018

  • 11
    Torah Reading
    Deuteronomy 11:26–16:17
    Haftarah Reading

    Isaiah 54:11-55:5

August, 2018

  • 18
    Torah Reading
    Deuteronomy 16:18–21:9
    Haftarah Reading

    Isaiah 51:12-52:12

August, 2018

  • 25
    Torah Reading
    Deuteronomy 21:10–25:19
    Haftarah Reading

    Isaiah 54:1-10

September, 2018

  • 1
    Torah Reading
    Deuteronomy 26:1–29:8
    Haftarah Reading

    Isaiah 60:1-22

September, 2018

  • 8
    Torah Reading
    Deuteronomy 29:9–30:20
    Haftarah Reading

    Isaiah 61:10-63:9

September, 2018

  • 15
    Torah Reading
    Deuteronomy 31:1–30
    Haftarah Reading

    Hos. 14:2–10, Mic. 7:18–20, Joel 2:15–27
    Shuvah

September, 2018

  • 22
    Torah Reading
    Deuteronomy 32:1–52
    Haftarah Reading

    Hosea 14:2–10, Micah 7:18–20, Joel 2:15–27
    Shabbat Shuvah

September, 2018

  • 29
    Torah Reading
    Holidays Exodus 33:12–34:26
    Haftarah Reading

    Ezekiel 38:18–39:7 (39:16) / Ecclesiastes
    Chol HaMo-eid Sukkot

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