Weekly Torah Parsha

  • November 25, 2017

Vayeitzei | And [Jacob] Left

Genesis 28:10 - 32:3

  • Jacob dreams of angels going up and down a ladder. God blesses him. Jacob names the place Bethel. (28:10-22)
  • Jacob works seven years in order to marry Rachel, but Laban tricks Jacob into marrying Leah, Rachel's older sister. (29:16-25)
  • Jacob marries Rachel but only after having to commit himself to seven more years of working for Laban. (29:26-30)
  • Leah, Rachel, and their maidservants, Bilhah and Zilpah, give birth to eleven sons and one daughter. (29:31-30:24)
  • Jacob and his family leave Laban's household with great wealth. (31:1-32:3)
Haftora: Hosea 12:13 - 14:10
  • December 02, 2017

Vayishlach | [Jacob] Sent

Genesis 32:4 - 36:43

  • Jacob prepares to meet Esau. He wrestles with a "man," who changes Jacob's name to Israel. (32:4-33)
  • Jacob and Esau meet and part peacefully, each going his separate way. (33:1-17)
  • Dinah is raped by Shechem, the son of Hamor the Hivite, who was chief of the country. Jacob's sons Simeon and Levi take revenge by murdering all the males of Shechem, and Jacob's other sons join them in plundering the city. (34:1-31)
  • Rachel dies giving birth to Benjamin and is buried in Ephrah, which is present-day Bethlehem. (35:16-21)
  • Isaac dies and is buried in Hebron. Jacob's and Esau's progeny are listed. (35:22-36:43)
Haftora: Hosea 11:7 - 12:12
  • December 09, 2017

Vayeishev | [Jacob] Settled

Genesis 37:1 - 40:23

  • Jacob is shown to favor his son Joseph, whom the other brothers resent. Joseph has dreams of grandeur. (Genesis 37:1-11)
  • After Joseph's brothers had gone to tend the flocks in Shechem, Jacob sends Joseph to report on them. The brothers decide against murdering Joseph but instead sell him into slavery. After he is shown Joseph's coat of many colors, which had been dipped in the blood of a kid, Jacob is led to believe that Joseph has been killed by a beast. (Genesis 37:12-35)
  • Tamar successively marries two of Judah's sons, each of whom dies. Judah does not permit her levirate marriage to his youngest son. She deceives Judah into impregnating her. (Genesis 38:1-30)
  • God is with Joseph in Egypt until the wife of his master, Potiphar, accuses him of rape, whereupon Joseph is imprisoned. (Genesis 39:1-40:23)
Haftora: Amos 2:6 - 3:8
  • December 16, 2017

Mikeitz | After [Two Years]

Genesis 41:1 - 44:17

  • Joseph interprets Pharaoh's two dreams and predicts seven years of prosperity followed by seven years of famine. (41:1-32)
  • Pharaoh places Joseph in charge of food collection and distribution. (41:37-49)
  • Joseph marries Asenath, and they have two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim. (41:50-52)
  • When Joseph's brothers come to Egypt to buy food during the famine, Joseph accuses them of spying. He holds Simeon hostage while the rest of the brothers return to Canaan to retrieve Benjamin for him. (42:3-42:38)
  • The brothers return to Egypt with Benjamin and for more food. Joseph continues the test, this time falsely accusing Benjamin of stealing and declaring that Benjamin must remain his slave. (43:1-44:17)
Haftora: Zechariah 4:1 - 7
  • December 23, 2017

Vayigash | And [Judah] Approached [Joseph]

Genesis 44:18 - 47:27

  • Judah pleads with Joseph to free Benjamin and offers himself as a replacement. (44:18-34)
  • Joseph reveals himself to his brothers and forgives them for selling him into slavery. (45:1-15)
  • Although the famine still rages, Pharaoh invites Joseph's family to "live off the fat of the land." (45:16-24)
  • Jacob learns that Joseph is still alive and, with God's blessing, goes to Egypt. (45:25-46:33)
  • Pharaoh permits Joseph's family to settle in Goshen. Pharaoh then meets with Jacob. (47:1-12)
  • With the famine increasing, Joseph designs a plan for the Egyptians to trade their livestock and land for food. The Israelites thrive in Egypt. (47:13-27)
Haftora: Ezekiel 37:15 - 28
  • December 30, 2017

Va-y'chi | [Jacob] Lived

Genesis 47:28 - 50:26

  • Jacob blesses his grandchildren Ephraim and Manasseh. (48:1-20)
  • Jacob's twelve sons gather around his deathbed, and each receives an evaluation and a prediction of his future. (49:1-33)
  • Joseph mourns his father's death and has Jacob embalmed. Jacob is buried in Hebron in the cave of the field of the Machpelah in the land of Canaan. (50:1-14)
  • Joseph assures his concerned brothers that he has forgiven them and promises to care for them and their families. (50:15-21)
  • Just before he dies, Joseph tells his brothers that God will return them to the Land that God promised to the patriarchs. The Children of Israel promise Joseph that they will take his bones with them when they leave Egypt. (50:22-26)
Haftora: I Kings 2:1 - 12
  • January 06, 2018

Sh'mot | Names

Exodus 1:1 - 6:1

  • The new king of Egypt makes slaves of the Hebrews and orders their male children to be drowned in the Nile River. (1:1-22)
  • A Levite woman places her son, Moses, in a basket on the Nile, where he is found by the daughter of Pharaoh and raised in Pharaoh's house. (2:1-10)
  • Moses flees to Midian after killing an Egyptian. (2:11-15)
  • Moses marries the priest of Midian's daughter, Zipporah. They have a son named Gershom. (2:16-22)
  • God calls Moses from a burning bush and commissions him to free the Israelites from Egypt. (3:1-4:17)
  • Moses and Aaron request permission from Pharaoh for the Israelites to celebrate a festival in the wilderness. Pharaoh refuses and makes life even harder for the Israelites. (5:1-23)
Haftora: Isaiah 27:6 - 28:13 | Isaiah 29:22 - 23
  • January 13, 2018

Va-eira | I (God) Appeared [to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob]

Exodus 6:2 - 9:35

  • Despite God's message that they will be redeemed from slavery, the Israelites' spirits remain crushed. God instructs Moses and Aaron to deliver the Israelites from the land of Egypt. (6:2-13)
  • The genealogy of Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and their descendants is recorded. (6:14-25)
  • Moses and Aaron perform a miracle with a snake and relate to Pharaoh God's message to let the Israelites leave Egypt. (7:8-13)
  • The first seven plagues occur. God hardens Pharaoh's heart, and Pharaoh rescinds each offer to let the Israelites go. (7:14-9:35)
Haftora: Ezekiel 28:25 - 29:21 | Isaiah 66:1 - 66:13
  • January 20, 2018

Bo | Go [to Pharaoh]

Exodus 10:1 - 13:16

  • God sends the plagues of locusts and darkness upon Egypt and forewarns Moses about the final plague, the death of every Egyptian firstborn. Pharaoh still does not let the Israelites leave Egypt. (10:1-11:10)
  • God commands Moses and Aaron regarding the Passover festival. (12:1-27)
  • God enacts the final plague, striking down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt except those of the House of Israel. Pharaoh now allows the Israelites to leave. (12:29-42)
  • Speaking to Moses and Aaron, God repeats the commandments about Passover. (12:43-13:16)
Haftora: Jeremiah 46:13 - 46:28
  • January 27, 2018

B'shalach | Now When [Pharaoh] Let [the People] Go

Exodus 13:17 - 17:16

  • The Children of Israel escape across the Sea of Reeds from Pharaoh and his army, who drown when God drives back the sea. (13:17-14:31)
  • Moses and the Israelites sing a song praising Adonai. (15:1-21)
  • In the wilderness, God provides the grumbling Israelites with quails and manna. God instructs the Israelites to gather and prepare on the sixth day food needed for Shabbat. (15:22-16:36)
  • The people complain about the lack of water. Moses hits a rock with his rod and brings forth water. (17:1-7)
  • Israel defeats Amalek, Israel's eternal enemy. God vows to blot out the memory of Amalek from the world. (17:8-16)
Haftora: Judges 4:4 - 5:31
  • February 03, 2018

Yitro | Jethro

Exodus 18:1 - 20:23

  • Yitro brings his daughter Zipporah and her two sons, Gershom and Eliezer, to his son-in-law Moses. (18:1-12)
  • Moses follows Yitro's advice and appoints judges to help him lead the people. (18:13-27)
  • The Children of Israel camp in front of Mount Sinai. Upon hearing the covenant, the Israelites respond, ""All that God has spoken we will do."" (19:1-8)
  • After three days of preparation, the Israelites encounter God at Mount Sinai. (19:9-25)
  • God gives the Ten Commandments aloud directly to the people. (20:1-14)
  • Frightened, the Children of Israel ask Moses to serve as an intermediary between God and them. Moses tells the people not to be afraid. (20:15-18)
Haftora: Isaiah 6:1 - 7:6 | Isaiah 9:5 - 9:6
  • February 10, 2018

Mishpatim | [These Are the] Rules

Exodus 21:1 - 24:18

  • Interpersonal laws ranging from the treatment of slaves to the exhibition of kindness to strangers are listed. (21:1-23:9)
  • Cultic laws follow, including the commandment to observe the Sabbatical Year, a repetition of the Sabbath injunction, the first mention of the Three Pilgrimage Festivals, rules of sacrificial offerings, and the prohibition against boiling a kid in its mother's milk. (23:10-19)
  • The people assent to the covenant. Moses, Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and seventy elders of Israel ascend the mountain and see God. Moses goes on alone and spends forty days on the mountain. (24:1-18)
Haftora: II Kings 12:5 - 12:16
  • February 17, 2018

T'rumah | Gifts

Exodus 25:1 - 27:19

  • God asks the Children of Israel to donate gifts (t'rumah) for the building of the Tabernacle so that God may ""dwell among them."" (25:1-9)
  • Instructions for the construction of the Ark, table, and menorah are provided. (25:10-40)
  • Detailed directions are given on how to build the Tabernacle. (26:1-27:19)
Haftora: I Kings 5:26 - 6:13
  • February 24, 2018

T'tzaveh | [You] Shall Further Instruct

Exodus 27:20 - 30:10

  • The children of Israel are commanded to bring pure olive oil for the ner tamid ""a constantly burning light,"" above the sanctuary. (27:20-21)
  • Aaron and his sons, Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar, are chosen to serve as priests. (28:1)
  • God instructs Moses to make special clothes for the priests. (28:2-43)
  • Aaron and his sons are ordained in a seven-day ceremony (29:1-29:46)
  • Aaron is commanded to burn incense on an acacia altar every morning and evening. (30:1-10)
Haftora: Esther 7:1 - 7:10 | Esther 8:15 - 8:17
  • March 03, 2018

Ki Tisa | When You Take a Census

Exodus 30:11 - 34:35

  • Moses takes a census of the Israelites and collects a half-shekel from each person (30:11-16)
  • God tells Moses to construct a water basin and to prepare anointing oil and incense for the ordination of the priests. Bezalel and Oholiab, skilled artisans, are assigned to make objects for the priests and the Tabernacle. (30:17-31:11)
  • The Israelites are instructed to keep Shabbat as a sign of their covenant with God. God gives Moses the two tablets of the Pact. (31:12-18)
  • The Israelites ask Aaron to build them a Golden Calf. Moses implores God not to destroy the people and then breaks the two tablets of the Pact on which the Ten Commandments are written when he sees the idol. God punishes the Israelites by means of a plague. (32:1-35)
  • Moses goes up the mountain with a blank set of tablets for another 40 days so that God will again inscribe the Ten Commandments. Other laws, including the edict to observe the Pilgrimage Festivals, are also revealed. (34:1-28)
  • Moses comes down from the mountain with a radiant face. (34:29-35)
Haftora: Ezekiel 36:22 - 30:36
  • March 10, 2018

Vayak'heil | [Moses] Assembled

Exodus 35:1 - 38:20

  • Moses teaches the rules of Shabbat. (35:1-3)
  • Moses asks the Israelites for a donation of gifts and those who are skilled help build the Mishkan [Tabernacle] under the direction of Bezalel and Oholiab. (35:4-38:20)
Haftora: Ezekiel 45:16 - 45:25
  • March 10, 2018

P'kudei | [The] Records [of the Tabernacle]

Exodus 38:21 - 40:38

  • A statistical summary of the materials used for the Tabernacle and an account of producing the priestly vestments are recorded. Moses blesses the Israelites for the work they did. (38:21-39:42)
  • Upon God's instruction, Moses sets up the Mishkan and the priests are anointed and consecrated. (40:1-33)
  • A description is given of a cloud that covers the Mishkan by day and a fire that burns by night, indicating God's Presence therein. (40:33-38)
Haftora: I Kings 7:51 - 8:21
  • March 17, 2018

Vayikra | [God] Called Out

Leviticus 1:1 - 5:26

  • God instructs Moses on the five different kinds of sacrifices that were to be offered in the sanctuary:
  • The olah or ""burnt offering"" was a voluntary sacrifice that had a high degree of sanctity and was regarded as the ""standard"" offering. The entire animal, except for its hide, was burned on the altar. (1:1-17)
  • The minchah or ""meal offering"" was a sacrifice made of flour, oil, salt, and frankincense that was partly burned on the altar and partly given to the priests to eat. (2:1-16)
  • The zevach sh'lamim or ""sacrifice of well-being"" was a voluntary animal offering from one's herd, sometimes brought to fulfill a vow. (3:1-17)
  • The chatat or ""sin offering"" was an obligatory sacrifice that was offered to expiate unintentional sins. This offering differs from the others in the special treatment of the blood of the animal. (4:1-5:13)
  • The asham or ""penalty offering"" was an obligatory sacrifice of a ram that was required chiefly of one who had misappropriated property. (5:1-26)
Haftora: Isaiah 43:21 - 44:23
  • March 24, 2018

Tzav | Command [Aaron and His Sons]

Leviticus 6:1 - 8:36

  • The five sacrifices that the priests are to perform are described. (6:1-7:38)
  • Limitations on the consumption of meat are delineated. (7:17-27)
  • Details about the ordination of Aaron and his sons as priests and the preparation of the Tabernacle as a holy place are given. (8:1-36)
Haftora: Malachi 3:4 - 3:24
  • March 31, 2018

Yom Rishon shel Pesach | 1st Day of Passover

Exodus 33:12 - 34:26

  • We read that a “mixed multitude” of people fled Egypt with the Israelites. With no time to wait, they took the cakes from their oven before they had time to rise. By God’s mighty hand, our ancestors fled the house of bondage and were brought to “a land flowing with milk and honey.” As a reminder of God’s redemption, we are instructed to eat only unleavened bread during Passover. Furthermore, the text tells us to explain to our children, “It is because of what God did for me when I went free from Egypt.” The Hebrew word for explain, v’higgadta, has the same root as Haggadah, the book from which we read on Passover. In doing so, each year we fulfill the sacred obligation to tell this story to our children. It is this story, more than any other that is central to Judaism. God redeemed us from slavery and we therefore know the heart of the stranger.
Haftora: Eze 37:1 - 37:14
  • April 07, 2018

Sh'mini I | The Eighth [Day]

Leviticus 9:1 - 10:11

  • Aaron and his sons follow Moses' instructions and offer sacrifices so that God will forgive the people. (9:1-24)
  • Two of Aaron's sons, Nadab and Abihu, offer "alien fire" to God. God punishes these two priests by killing them immediately. (10:1-3)
  • God forbids Moses, Aaron, and his surviving sons from mourning but commands the rest of the people to do so. Priests are told not to drink alcohol before entering the sacred Tabernacle. (10:4-11)
Haftora: II Samuel 6:1 - 6:23
  • April 14, 2018

Sh'mini II | The Eighth [Day]

Leviticus 10:12 - 11:47

  • The priests are further instructed about making sacrifices. (10:12-19)
  • Dietary laws are given to distinguish between pure and impure animals, birds, fish, and insects. (11:1-47)
Haftora: II Samuel 7:1 - 7:17
  • April 21, 2018

M'tzora | A Leper

Leviticus 14:1 - 15:33

  • Priestly rituals to cure tzaraat (a skin condition) when it afflicts humans are described. (14:1-32)
  • Rituals to rid dwelling places of tzaraat are presented. (14:33-57)
  • The parashah denotes male impurities resulting from a penile discharge or seminal emission. (15:1-18)
  • The parashah concludes with accounts of female impurities caused by a discharge of blood. (15:19-33)
Haftora: N/A
  • April 28, 2018

K'doshim | [You Shall Be] Holy

Leviticus 19:1 - 20:27

  • God issues a variety of commandments, instructing the Israelites on how to be a holy people. (19:1-37)
  • Various sex offenses are discussed and punishments for them are presented. (20:1-27)
Haftora: Amos 9:7 - 9:15
  • May 05, 2018

Emor | Speak

Leviticus 21:1 - 24:23

  • Laws regulating the lives and sacrifices of the priests are presented. (21:1-22:33)
  • The set times of the Jewish calendar are named and described: the Sabbath, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and the Pilgrimage Festivals of Pesach, Shavuot, and Sukkot. (23:1-44)
  • God commands the Israelites to bring clear olive oil for lighting the sanctuary menorah. The ingredients and placement of the displayed loaves of sanctuary bread are explained. (24:1-9)
  • Laws dealing with profanity, murder, and the maiming of others are outlined. (24:10-23)
Haftora: Ezekiel 44:15 - 44:31
  • May 12, 2018

B'chukotai | My Laws

Leviticus 26:3 - 27:34

  • God promises blessings to the Children of Israel if they follow the law and warns about the curses that will befall the people if they do not observe God's commandments. (26:1-46)
  • Gifts made to the Sanctuary whether by conditional vows or by unconditional acts of pious gratitude are discussed. (27:1-34)
Haftora: Jeremiah 16:19 - 17:14
  • May 19, 2018

B'midbar | In the Wilderness

Numbers 1:1 - 4:20

  • God commands Moses to take a census of all the Israelite males over the age of twenty. (1:1-46)
  • The duties of the Levites, who are not included in the census, are detailed. (1:47-51)
  • Each tribe is assigned specific places in the camp around the Tabernacle. (1:52-2:34)
  • The sons of Levi are counted and their responsibilities are set forth. (3:1-3:39)
  • A census of the firstborn males is taken and a special redemption tax is levied on them. (3:40-51)
  • God instructs Moses and Aaron regarding the responsibilities of Aaron and his sons, and the duties assigned to the Kohathites. (4:1-20)
Haftora: Hosea 2:1 - 2:22
  • May 26, 2018

Naso | Take a Census

Numbers 4:21 - 7:89

  • A census of the Gershonites, Merarites, and Koathites between the ages of thirty and fifty is conducted and their duties in the Tabernacle are detailed. (4:21-49)
  • God speaks to Moses concerning what to do with ritually unclean people, repentant individuals, and those who are suspected of adultery. (5:1-31)
  • The obligations of a nazirite vow are explained. They include abstaining from alcohol and not cutting one's hair. (6:1-21)
  • God tells Moses how to teach Aaron and his sons the Priestly Blessing. (6:22-27)
  • Moses consecrates the Sanctuary, and the tribal chieftains bring offerings. Moses then speaks with God inside the Tent of Meeting. (7:1-89)
Haftora: Judges 13:2 - 13:25
  • June 02, 2018

B'haalot'cha | When You Raise [the Lamps]

Numbers 8:1 - 12:16

  • God promises blessings to the Children of Israel if they follow the law and warns about the curses that will befall the people if they do not observe God's commandments. (26:1-46)
  • Gifts made to the Sanctuary whether by conditional vows or by unconditional acts of pious gratitude are discussed. (27:1-34)
Haftora: Zech 2:14 - 4:7
  • June 09, 2018

Sh'lach L'cha | Send [Notables to Scout the Land]

Numbers 13:17 - 15:41

  • Moses sends twelve spies to the Land of Israel to report on the inhabitants and the country. Despite the positive report of Joshua and Caleb, the people are frightened. (13:1–14:10)
  • God threatens to wipe out the Children of Israel but relents when Moses intercedes on their behalf. To punish the people, God announces that all those who left Egypt would not enter the Land of Israel except for Joshua and Caleb. (14:11–45)
  • Moses instructs the Israelites regarding setting aside challah, the observance of the Sabbath, how to treat strangers, and the laws of tzitzit. (15:1–41)
Haftora: Josh 2:1 - 2:24
  • June 16, 2018

Korach

Numbers 16:1 - 18:32

  • Korach and his followers, Dathan and Abiram, lead a rebellion against the leadership of Moses and Aaron. God punishes the rebels by burying them and their families alive. Once again, God brings a plague on the people. (16:1-17:15)
  • The chief of each tribe deposits his staff inside the Tent of Meeting. Aaron's staff brings forth sprouts, produces blossoms, and bears almonds. (17:16-26)
  • The Kohanim and Levites are established and assigned the responsibility of managing the donations to the Sanctuary. All of the firstborn offerings shall go to the priests and all the tithes are designated for the Levites in return for the services they perform. (18:1-32)
Haftora: I Samuel 11:14 - 12:22 | Isaiah 66:1 - 66:13
  • June 23, 2018

Chukat | The Ritual Law

Numbers 19:1 - 22:1

  • The laws of the red heifer to purify a person who has had contact with a corpse are given. (19:1-22)
  • The people arrive at the wilderness of Zin. Miriam dies and is buried there. (20:1)
  • The people complain that they have no water. Moses strikes the rock to get water for them. God tells Moses and Aaron they will not enter the Land of Israel. (20:2-13)
  • The king of Edom refuses to let the Children of Israel pass through his land. After Aaron's priestly garments are given to his son Eleazer, Aaron dies. (20:14-29)
  • After they are punished for complaining about the lack of bread and water, the Israelites repent and are victorious in battle against the Amorites and the people of Bashan, whose lands they capture. (21:4-22:1)
Haftora: Judges 11:1 - 11:33
  • June 30, 2018

Balak

Numbers 22:2 - 25:9

  • Balak, the king of Moab, persuades the prophet Balaam to curse the Israelites so that he can defeat them and drive them out of the region. However, Balaam blesses the Children of Israel instead and prophesies that Israel's enemies will be defeated. (22:2-24:25)
  • God punishes the Israelites with a plague for consorting with the Moabite women and their god. The plague is stayed after Pinchas kills an Israelite man and his Midianite woman. (25:1-9)
Haftora: Micah 5:6 - 6:8
  • July 07, 2018

Pinchas | Phinehas

Numbers 25:10 - 30:1

  • Pinchas is rewarded for killing the Israelite and the Midianite woman who cursed God. (25:10–15)
  • Israel fights a war against the Midianites. (25:16-18)
  • A second census is taken. (26:1–65)
  • The daughters of Zelophehad force a change in the laws of property inheritance. (27:1–11)
  • Joshua is chosen to be Moses' successor. (27:15–23)
  • The sacrificial ritual for all festival occasions is described in detail. (28:1–30:1)
Haftora: Jeremiah 1:1 - 2:3
  • July 14, 2018

Mas'ei | The Marches

Numbers 33:1 - 36:13

  • The itinerary of the Israelites through the wilderness from Egypt to Jordan is delineated. (33:1-49)
  • Moses tells Israel to remove the current inhabitants of the land that God will give them and to destroy their gods. (33:50-56)
  • The boundaries of the Land of Israel are defined, along with those of the Levitical cities and the cities of refuge. (34:1-35:15)
  • God makes a precise distinction between murder and manslaughter. (35:16-34)
  • The laws of inheritance as they apply to Israelite women are delineated. (36:1-13)
Haftora: Jeremiah 2:4 - 2:28 | Jeremiah 4:1 - 4:2
  • July 21, 2018

D'varim | The Words

Deuteronomy 1:1 - 3:22

  • Moses begins his final words of instruction to the Children of Israel, focusing first on recounting their physical journey. (1:1–21)
  • Moses reviews the people's reactions to the negative reports of the spies and the appointment of Joshua to succeed him. (1:22–45)
  • Moses recounts that all of the Israelite warriors who left Egypt died, as God had intended, and the people continued their wanderings and defeated their enemies. (2:14–3:11)
  • Moses reiterates that the Land of Israel was allocated to the Israelite tribes. (3:12–22)
Haftora: Isaiah 1:1 - 1:27
  • July 28, 2018

Va-et'chanan | I [Moses] Pleaded with the Eternal

Deuteronomy 3:23 - 7:11

  • Moses pleads with God to let him enter the Land of Israel with the people, but God once more refuses his request. (3:23–28)
  • Moses orders the Children of Israel to pay attention and follow the laws given by God in order to be worthy of the land they are about to receive. (4:1–40)
  • Specific areas of the land are set aside to serve as cities of refuge. (4:41–43)
  • The covenant at Sinai and the Ten Commandments are recalled. Once again, the people are exhorted to heed God's commandments. (5:1–30)
  • Moses speaks the words of the Sh'ma, the credo of Judaism, and commands Israel to show their love for Adonai and keep God's laws and ordinances. (6:1–25)
  • Moses warns the people not to commit idolatry by worshiping the gods of the nations they will conquer in Israel. (7:1–11)
Haftora: Isaiah 40:1 - 40:26
  • August 04, 2018

Eikev | [And if You] Obey [These Rules]

Deuteronomy 7:12 - 11:25

  • Moses tells the Israelites that if they follow God's laws, the nations who now dwell across the Jordan River will not harm them. (7:12–26)
  • Moses reminds the people of the virtues of keeping God's commandments. He also tells them that they will dispossess those who now live in the Land only because they are idolatrous, not because the Israelites are uncommonly virtuous. Thereupon, Moses reviews all of the trespasses of the Israelites against God. (8:1–10:11)
  • Moses says that the Land of Israel will overflow with milk and honey if the people obey God's commandments and teach them to their children. (10:12–11:25)
Haftora: Isaiah 49:14 - 51:3
  • August 11, 2018

R'eih | See [This Day I Set Before You Blessing and Curse]

Deuteronomy 11:26 - 6:17

  • God places both blessing and curse before the Israelites. They are taught that blessing will come through the observance of God's laws. (11:26–32)
  • Moses' third discourse includes laws about worship in a central place (12:1–28); injunctions against idolatry (12:29–13:19) and self-mutilation (14:1–2); dietary rules (14:3–21); and laws about tithes (14:22–25), debt remission (15:1–11), the release and treatment of Hebrew slaves (15:12–18), and firstlings (15:19–23).
  • Moses reviews the correct sacrifices to be offered during the Pilgrim Festivals—Pesach, Sukkot, and Shavuot. (16:1-17)
Haftora: Isaiah 54:11 - 55:5
  • August 18, 2018

Shof'tim | Judges

Deuteronomy 16:18 - 21:9

  • Laws regarding both sacred and secular legislation are addressed. The Israelites are told that in every dealing they should pursue justice in order to merit the land that God is giving them. (16:18–18:8)
  • The people are warned to avoid sorcery and witchcraft, the abhorrent practices of their idolatrous neighbors. (18:9–22)
  • God tells them that should an Israelite unintentionally kill another, he may take sanctuary in any of three designated cities of refuge. (19:1–13)
  • Laws to be followed during times of peace and times of war are set forth. (19:14–21:9)
Haftora: isaiah 51:12 - 52:12
  • August 25, 2018

Ki Teitzei | When You Go Out (to Battle)

Deuteronomy 21:10 - 25:19

  • Moses reviews a wide variety of laws regarding family, animals, and property. (21:10–22:12)
  • Various civil and criminal laws are delineated, including those regarding sexual relationships, interaction with non-Israelites, loans, vows, and divorce. (22:13–24:5)
  • Laws of commerce pertaining to loans, fair wages, and proper weights and measures are given. (24:10–25:16)
  • The parashah concludes with the commandment to remember for all time the most heinous act committed against the Israelites—Amalek's killing of the old, weak, and infirm after the Israelites left Egypt. (25:17–19)
Haftora: Isaiah 54:1 - 54:10
  • September 01, 2018

Ki Tavo | When You Enter [the Land]

Deuteronomy 26:1 - 29:8

  • The Israelites are instructed to express their gratitude to God for their bountiful harvests and freedom from slavery by tithing ten percent of their crops for the Levite, the stranger, the orphan, and the widow. (26)
  • The people are told to display on large stones God's commandments for all to see. (27:1-8)
  • The Levites are to proclaim curses upon those who violate God's commandments. (27:15-26)
  • The Israelites are told that if they obey God's mitzvot faithfully, they will receive every blessing imaginable. They are also told that if do not fulfill their brit with God, many curses will descend upon them. (28:1-69)
  • Moses reminds the Israelites of the miracles they witnessed in the wilderness and commands them to observe the terms of the covenant so that they may succeed in all that they undertake. (29:1-8)
Haftora: Isaiah 60:1 - 60:22
  • September 08, 2018

Nitzavim | You Stand [This Day]

Deuteronomy 29:9 - 30:20

  • Moses tells the assembled people that God's covenant speaks to them and to all of the generations who will follow. (29:9–14)
  • God warns the Israelites that they will be punished if they act idolatrously, the way the inhabitants of the other nations do. (29:15–28)
  • Moses reassures the people that God will not forsake them and that they can attain blessings by following God's commandments. (30:1–20)
  • Moses tells the assembled people that God's covenant speaks to them and to all of the generations who will follow. (29:9–14)
  • God warns the Israelites that they will be punished if they act idolatrously, the way the inhabitants of the other nations do. (29:15–28)
  • Moses reassures the people that God will not forsake them and that they can attain blessings by following God's commandments. (30:1–20)
  • Moses prepares the people for his death and announces that Joshua will succeed him. (31:1–8)
  • Moses instructs the priests and the elders regarding the importance of reading the Torah. (31:9–13)
  • God informs Moses that upon his death, the people will commit idolatry and "many evils and troubles shall befall them." God tells Moses to teach the people a poem that will "be My witness." (31:14–30)
Haftora: Isaiah 61:10 - 63:9
  • September 15, 2018

Vayeilech | [Moses] Went

Deuteronomy 31:1 - 31:30

  • Moses sings his last song, a love poem to God and a chastisement of the people, who are not worthy of Adonai. (32:1–6)
  • The poem recounts the blessings that God has bestowed on the Israelites, the wicked deeds they have committed, and the punishments that God then inflicted upon them. (32:7–43)
  • God tells Moses to begin his ascent of Mount Nebo, from where he will see the Land of Israel from a distance but will not be allowed to enter it. (32:45–52)
Haftora: Hosea 14:2 - 14:10 | Micah 7:18 - 7:20
  • September 22, 2018

Haazinu | Listen

Deuteronomy 32:1 - 32:52

  • Moses sings his last song, a love poem to God and a chastisement of the people, who are not worthy of Adonai. (32:1–6)
  • The poem recounts the blessings that God has bestowed on the Israelites, the wicked deeds they have committed, and the punishments that God then inflicted upon them. (32:7–43)
  • God tells Moses to begin his ascent of Mount Nebo, from where he will see the Land of Israel from a distance but will not be allowed to enter it. (32:45–52)
Haftora: Hosea 14:2 - 14:10 | Micah 7:18 - 7:20
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