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TORAH READINGS of the WEEK

Torat YHVH t'meemah, m'sheevat nafesh -The Torah of ADONAI is PERFECT, reviving the spirit. - Psalm 19

WEEKLY TORAH READING (PARASHAT) - WEEKLY PROPHET READING (HAFTARAH) - WEEKLY PSALM (according to the Sephardic tradition)

The annual reading of the Torah concludes on Simchat Torah and the new cycle begins again on the Shabbat following. Because some Shabbats fall during a festival, and because there are 54 separate readings of the Torah, some of the readings during the year are doubled. When that happens, the Haftarah reading and the Psalm are that of the second reading. One should check a Hebrew calendar (or click on one of the links below) to find out which Torah reading is for what week of the Common Calendar.

Parashat Bereshit (Genesis 1:1-6:8) - Haftarah Isaiah 42:5 - 43:10 - Psalm 139

Parashat Noach (Genesis 6:9-11:32) - Haftarah Isaiah 54:1-55:5 - Psalm 29

Parashat Lech Lecha (Genesis 12:1-17:27) - Haftarah Isaiah 40:27-41:16 - Psalm 110

Parashat Vayeira (Genesis 18:1-22:24) - Haftarah II Kings 4:1-37 - Psalm 11

Parashat Chayei Sarah (Genesis 23:1-25:18) - Haftarah I Kings 1:1-31 - Psalm 45

Parashat Toldot (Genesis 25:19 - 28:9) - Haftarah Malachi 1:1 - 2:7 - Psalm 36

Parashat Vayetze (Genesis 28:10 - 32:3) - Haftarah Hosea 12:13- 14:10 - Psalm 3

Parashat VaYishlach (Genesis 32:4 - 36:43) - Haftarah Obadiah 1:1-21 - Psalm 140

Parashat VaYeshev (Genesis 37:1 - 40:23) - Haftarah Amos 2:6-3:8 - Psalm 112

Parashat Miketz (Genesis 41:1 - 44:17) - Haftarah I Kings 3:15 - 4:1 - Psalm 40

Parashat VaYigash (Genesis 44:18 - 47:27) - Haftarah Ezekiel 37:15-28 - Psalm 48

Parashat VayechI (Genesis 47:28 - 50:26) - Haftarah I Kings 2:1-12 - Psalm 41

Parashat Shemot (Exodus 1:1 - 6:1) - Haftarah Isaiah 27:6-28:13; 29:22-23 - Psalm 99

Parashat VaEra (Exodus 6:2 - 9:35) - Haftarah Ezekiel 28:25 - 29:21 - Psalm 46

Parashat Bo (Exodus 10:1-13:16) - Haftarah Jeremiah 46:13-28 - Psalm 77

Parashat BeShalach (Exodus 13:17-17:16) - Haftarah Judges 4:4-5:31 - Psalm 66

Parashat Yitro (Exodus 18:1-20:26) - Haftarah Isaiah 6:1-7:6 - Psalm 19

Parashat Mishpatim (Exodus 21:1-24:18) - Haftarah I Samuel 20:18-42 - Psalm 72

Parashat Terumah (Exodus 25:1-27:19) - Haftarah I Kings 5:26-6:13 - Psalm 26

Parashat Tetzaveh (Exodus 27:20-30:10) - Haftarah I Samuel 15:2-34 - Psalm 65 (Some read Ezekiel 43:10-27)

Parashat Ki Tissa (Exodus 30:11-34:35) - Haftarah I Kings 18:1-39 - Psalm 75

Parashat VaYakhel (Exodus 35:1-38:20) - Haftarah II Kings 12:1-17 - Psalm 61

Parashat Pekudei (Exodus 38:1-40:38) - Haftarah I Kings 7:51-8:21 - Psalm 45

Parashat VaYikra (Leviticus 1:1-5:26) - Haftarah Isaiah 43:21-44:23 - Psalm 50

Parashat Tzav (Leviticus 6:1-8:36) - Haftarah Ezekiel 36:16-38 - Psalm 107

Parashat Shemini (Leviticus 9:1-11:47) - Haftarah II Samuel 6:1 - 7:17 - Psalm 128

Parashat Tazria (Leviticus 12:1-13:59) - Haftarah II Kings 4:42-5:19 - Psalm 106

Parashat Metzora (Leviticus 14:1-15:33) - Haftarah II Kings 7:3-20 - Psalm 120

Shabbat Hol HaMoed Pesach (Exodus 33:12-34:26) - Haftarah Ezekiel 37:1-14

Parashat Acharey Mot (Leviticus 16:1-18:30) - Haftarah Ezekiel 22:1-19 - Psalm 26

Parashat Kedoshim (Leviticus 19:1-20:27) - Haftarah Isaiah 66:1-24 - Psalm 15

Parashat Emor (Leviticus 21:1-24:23) - Haftarah Ezekiel 44:15-31 - Psalm 42

Parashat B'Har (Leviticus 25:1-26:2) - Haftarah Jeremiah 32:6-27 - Psalm 112

Parashat B'Hukkotai (Leviticus 26:3-27:34) - Haftarah Jeremiah 16:19-17:14 - Psalm 105

Parashat Bemidbar (Numbers 1:1-4:20) - Haftarah Hosea 2:1-22 - Psalm 122

Parashat Naso (Numbers 4:21-7:89) - Haftarah Judges 13:2-25 - Psalm 67

Parashat BeHaAlotekha (Numbers 8:1-12:16) - Haftarah Zekhariah 2:14-4:7 - Psalm 68

Parashat Shelach Lekha (Numbers 13:1-15:41) - Haftarah Joshua 2:1-24 - Psalm 64

Parashat Korach (Numbers 16:1-18:32) - Haftarah I Samuel 11:14-12:22 - Psalm 5

Parashat Chukkat (Numbers 19:1-22:1) - Haftarah Judges 11:1-33 - Psalm 95

Parashat Balak (Numbers 22:2 - 25:9) - Haftarah Micah 5:6-6:8 - Psalm 79

Parashat Pinchas (Numbers 25:10-30:1) - Haftarah Jeremiah 1:1-2:3 - Psalm 106

Parashat Mattot-Masei (Numbers 30:2-36-13) - Haftarah Jeremiah 2:4-28: 3:4 - Psalm 111

Parashat Devarim (Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22) - Haftarah Isaiah 1:1-27 - Psalm 137

Parashat VaEtchanan (Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11) - Haftarah Isaiah 40:1-26 - Psalm 90

Parashat Ekev (Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25) - Haftarah Isaiah 49:14-51:3 - Psalm 75

Parashat Re'eh (Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17) - Haftarah Isaiah 54:11-55:5 - Psalm 97

Parashat Shoftim (Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9) - Haftarah Isaiah 51:12-52:12 - Psalm 17

Parashat Ki Tetze (Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19) - Haftarah Isaiah 54:1-10 - Psalm 32

Parashat Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy 26:1-28:6) - Haftarah Isaiah 60:1-22 - Psalm 51

Parashat Nitzavim (Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20) - Haftarah Isaiah 61:10-63:9 - Psalm 65

Parashat VaYelekh (Deuteronomy 31:1-31:30) - Haftarah Hosea 14:2 - 10, Micah 7:18-20 - Psalm 23

Parashat HaAzinu (Deuteronomy 32:1-52) - Haftarah II Samuel 22:1-51 - Psalm 71

Parashat Berechah (Deuteronomy 33:1-34:12) - Haftarah Joshua 1:1-18 - Psalm 12


There are fourteen parashot that can be read as seven double parashot. These
are VaYakhel-Pukedei (Exodus 35: 1-38: 20 - Exodus 38: 21-40: 38) ; Tazria-Mezora (Leviticus 12: 1-13: 59 - Leviticus 14: 1-15: 33); Acharey Moth-Kedoshim (Leviticus 16: 1-18: 30 - Leviticus 19: 1-20: 27); BeHar-Bechukkotai (Leviticus 25: 1-26: 2 - Leviticus 26: 3-27: 34); Chukat-Balak (Numbers 19: 1-22: 1 - Numbers 22: 2-25: 9); Mattot-Masei (Numbers 30: 2-32: 42 - Numbers 33:1-36: 13); and Nitzavim-VaYelech (Deuteronomy 29: 9-30: 20 - Deuteronomy 31: 1-30).

FOR THE WEEKLY TORAH READING (PARASHOT), Click on the link below - then click on TANAKH

JUDAIC SEMINAR COMMENTARY

hebcal.com Torah website with Ashkenazi & Sephardi Haftarah readings and Triannual readings as well (Click here)

TIKKUN Commentary of the Weekly Parashah (Link-click here)

RAINBOW COMMENTARY of the Torah (Link-click here)

"The Talmud ascribes to Moses the rule that the Torah should be publicly read on the Sabbath, on festivals, and on the New Moon, and to Ezra the inauguration of the reading on Monday, Thursdays (days that the local courts convened), and Sabbath afternoons. (Jewish Liturgy, pg. 91).

The New Testament, as well as the Jewish historians, Philo and Josephus, refer to public readings of the Torah and Haftorah (the Prophets) during the time period that they were written in as though the reading was "ancient practice."

"The earliest reference to a fixed cycle of consecutive readings is found in the Babylonian Talmud: 'In the West (that is, Eretz Israel) the reading of the Torah was completed in three years.'

The old division of the Pentateuch into 153, 155, or 167 SEDARIM, or divisions, is based on this triennial cycle. (The singular form of this word is SIDRAH; an alternative term is PARASHAH.)

In Babylon (modern Iraq) and other communities outside Palestine, an annual cycle was followed according to which the Pentateuch was divided into 54 SIDDARIM. This became the universal Jewish practice, except for certain isolated instances. In Palestine, too, the triennial cycle was superseded by the annual, possibly under the influence of Babylonian immigrants." (Jewish Liturgy, pg. 92).

One of the reasons that the Jewish people have always had a higher level of literacy than the surrounding populations of people is due to the relationship of the requirement of knowing how to read the Torah (and Prophets) for oneself upon the rank and file Jew, instead of just being the job of the Priest to read, interpret, define and determine.

In 1st century Palestine most male Jews could read Hebrew, and Western (Assyrian) Aramaic. Many could also read Greek, and or Latin. In the diaspora, the Jews not only read Hebrew, but also Greek and Latin.

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