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Mo’edim: Weekly Torah Portions – Parashat ha-Shavua

Shalom everyone! The Weekly Torah Portion or “Parashat ha-Shavua,” “parashah,” or “parsha,” is a section of the Torah that is read publicly and aloud each week during Israelite prayer services. The regular weekly Torah portion is read in full during Shabbat (Saturday) morning services, and in part during Shabbat afternoon services, and Monday and Thursday morning services, except when pre-empted during a religious holiday.

There are 54 weekly Torah parashiyot (plural), one for each week of the leap year on the ecclesiastical lunar calendar. The full cycle of parashiyot, from the beginning of Genesis to the end of Deuteronomy, are read over the course of one year according to the ecclesiastical lunar calendar. During non-leap years, which have 50 weeks, parashiyot are combined to complete the cycle in one year. The cycle begins and ends during the Hebrew month of Ethanim, on the holiday of Shemini Atzeret (the eighth day of Sukkot). On the Gregorian calendar, this occurs during the months of September or October.

The name of each weekly parashah is taken from the first most distinct word in modern Hebrew from the text of the portion, usually the first verse. The reading of each parashah is followed by the reading of a passage from the writings of the Prophets (Nevi’im) in the Hebrew Scriptures (Tanakh). This passage is referred to as the “haftarah” which means “end” or “completion.” The haftarah portion has some relation to the Torah portion for that week. The haftarah portion differs among the various Torah communities (Yemenite etc.) around the world.

The following is a list of the regular weekly Torah portions read during an annual cycle on the Hebrew calendar, along with their corresponding haftarah portions. The haftarah portions listed are the most commonly-read portions within the Yemenite community. Those Torah portions which are combined with the following weekly Torah portion during non-leap years are marked with an asterisk (*). This list does not include the special Torah and haftarah portions read on the holidays (Special Sabbaths, Festivals and Fast Days); these special Torah and haftarah readings are listed in Mo’edim: Special Torah Portions for Mo’edim and Holidays:

Key: Y=Yemenite

Parashah Name,
Modern Hebrew Text,
English Equivalent
Torah Haftarah
Bereshit,
בְּרֵאשִׁית
In the beginning
Genesis 1:1-6:8 Y: Isaiah 42:1–16
Noach,
נֹחַ
Noah (rest)
Genesis 6:9-11:32 Y: Isaiah 54:1–55:5
Lech-Lecha,
לֶךְ-לְךָ
Go forth, yourself!
Genesis 12:1-17:27 Y: Isaiah 40:25-41:17
Vayeira,
וַיֵּרָא
And He appeared
Genesis 18:1-22:24 Y: 2 Kings 4:1–37
Chayei Sarah,
חַיֵּי שָׂרָה
Life of Sarah
Genesis 23:1-25:18 Y: 1 Kings 1:1–31, 1:46
Toledot,
תּוֹלְדֹת
Generations
Genesis 25:19-28:9 Y: Malachi 1:1-3:4
Vayetze,
וַיֵּצֵא
And he went out
Genesis 28:10-32:3 Y: Hosea 11:7-12:14
Vayishlach,
וַיִּשְׁלַח
And he sent
Genesis 32:4-36:43 Y: Obadiah 1:1-21
Vayeshev,
וַיֵּשֶׁב
And he settled
Genesis 37:1-40:23 YAmos 2:6-3:8
Miketz,
מִקֵּץ
At the end of
Genesis 41:1-44:17 Y: 1 Kings 3:15-4:1
Vayigash,
וַיִּגַּשׁ
And he drew near
Genesis 44:18-47:27 YEzekiel 37:15-28
Vayechi,
וַיְחִי
And he lived
Genesis 47:28-50:26 Y1 Kings 2:1-12
Shemot,
שְׁמוֹת
Names
Exodus 1:1-6:1 Y: Ezekiel 16:1-14
Va’eira,
וָאֵרָא
Appeared
Exodus 6:2-9:35 Y: Ezekiel 28:24–29:21
Bo,
בֹּא
Come!
Exodus 10:1-13:16 Y: Isaiah 19:1-19:25
Beshalach,
בְּשַׁלַּח
When he sent out
Exodus 13:17-17:16 Y: Judges 4:23-5:31
Yitro,
יִתְרוֹ
Jethro
Exodus 18:1-20:23 Y: Isaiah 6:1-13Isaiah 9:5-6
Mishpatim,
מִּשְׁפָּטִים
Laws
Exodus 21:1-24:18 Y: Jeremiah 34:8-35:19
Terumah,
תְּרוּמָה
Offering
Exodus 25:1-27:19 Y1 Kings 5:26-6:13
Tetzaveh,
תְּצַוֶּה
You shall command
Exodus 27:20-30:10 YEzekiel 43:10-27
Ki Tisa,
כִּי תִשָּׂא
When you elevate
Exodus 30:11-34:35 Y: 1 Kings 18:1-18:46
Vayakhel,
וַיַּקְהֵל
And he assembled
Exodus 35:1-38:20 Y: 1 Kings 7:13–22
Pekudei,
פְקוּדֵי
Accountings
Exodus 38:21-40:38 Y: 1 Kings 7:40-50
Vayikra,
וַיִּקְרָא
And he called
Leviticus 1:1-5:26 Y: Isaiah 43:21–44:6
Tzav,
צַו
Command!
Leviticus 6:1-8:36 YJeremiah 7:21-8:3; 9:22-23
Shemini,
שְּׁמִינִי
Eighth
Leviticus 9:1-11:47 Y: 2 Samuel 6:1-7:3
*Tazria,
תַזְרִיעַ
She bears seed
Leviticus 12:1-13:59 Y2 Kings 4:42-5:19
Metzora,
מְּצֹרָע
Infected one
Leviticus 14:1-15:33 Y: 2 Kings 7:1–7:20; 13:23
*Acharei Mot,
אַחֲרֵי מוֹת
After the death
Leviticus 16:1-18:30 Y: Ezekiel 22:1-16
Kedoshim,
קְדֹשִׁים
Holy ones
Leviticus 19:1-20:27 Y: Ezekiel 20:1–15
Emor,
אֱמֹר
Say gently
Leviticus 21:1-24:23 YEzekiel 44:15-31
*Behar,
בְּהַר
On the Mount
Leviticus 25:1-26:2 Y: Jeremiah 16:19-17:14
Bechukotai,
בְּחֻקֹּתַי
In My statutes
Leviticus 26:3-27:34 Y: Ezekiel 34:1-34:27
Bamidbar,
בְּמִדְבַּר
In the wilderness
Numbers 1:1-4:20 YHosea 2:1-22
Naso,
נָשֹׂא
Elevate!
Numbers 4:21-7:89 Y: Judges 13:2-13:24
Behaalotecha,
בְּהַעֲלֹתְךָ
In your uplifting
Numbers 8:1-12:16 Y: Zechariah 2:14–4:9
Shlach,
שְׁלַח-לְךָ
Send for yourself
Numbers 13:1-15:41 YJoshua 2:1-24
Korach,
קֹרַח
Korach
Numbers 16:1-18:32 Y1 Samuel 11:14-12:22
*Chukat,
חֻקַּת
Law
Numbers 19:1-22:1 Y: Judges 11:1–40
Balak,
בָּלָק
Balak
Numbers 22:2-25:9 YMicah 5:6-6:8
Pinchas,
פִּינְחָס
Phinehas
Numbers 25:10-30:1 Y:  1 Kings 18:46-19:21
*Matot,
מַּטּוֹת
Tribes
Numbers 30:2-32:42 Y: Jeremiah 1:1-2:3
Masei,
מַסְעֵי
Journeys of
Numbers 33:1-36:13 Y: Isaiah 1:1-20
Devarim,
דְּבָרִים
Words
Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22 Y: Isaiah 1:21-31
Va’etchanan,
וָאֶתְחַנַּן
Pleaded
Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11 Y: Isaiah 40:1-27; 41:17
Eikev,
עֵקֶב
As a result
Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25 YIsaiah 49:14-51:3
Re’eh,
רְאֵה
See!
Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17 YIsaiah 54:11-55:5
Shoftim,
שֹׁפְטִים
Judges
Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9 YIsaiah 51:12-52:12
Ki Teitzei,
כִּי-תֵצֵא
When you go out
Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19 YIsaiah 54:1-10
Ki Tavo,
כִּי-תָבוֹא
When you enter in
Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8 YIsaiah 60:1-22
*Nitzavim,
נִצָּבִים
Standing
Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20 Y: Isaiah 61:9-63:9 (Shabbat before Yom Teruah)
Vayelech,
וַיֵּלֶךְ
And he went
Deuteronomy 31:1-31:30 Y: Hosea 14:2-10 (Shabbat before Yom HaKippurim)
Haazinu,
הַאֲזִינוּ
Listen!
Deuteronomy 32:1-32:52 Y: Ezekiel 17:22-18:32
V’Zot HaBerachah,
וְזֹאת הַבְּרָכָה
And this the blessing
Deuteronomy 33:1-34:12 Y: Joshua 1:1-9Joshua 6:27

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