Torah Portions

 What is a Torah Portion?

When YHVH brought restoration and returned the Israelites from captivity, Ezra and Nehemiah and the men of their generation set to work creating a system to encourage Torah study. They wanted to ensure that the people would not slip into idolatry again. They created a system for the synagogue to ensure that the people heard the Torah read every week.

To this day, the Jewish world studies a portion of the Torah every Sabbath. Jews read the Torah aloud in synagogues on Sabbaths, Mondays and Thursdays. Monday and Thursday were the ancient market days when rural people came into town. At this time, they also had the opportunity to hear the Word of YHVH. On Sabbath days, the people assembled according to the commandment.

Since the days of the Apostles, the Torah continues to be read every week in the same manner. An annual lectionary, the Torah reading cycle, allows all Israel to study the same passages of Scripture simultaneously as they work through the Torah from week to week. The lectionary divides the Torah into 2-6 chapter readings for each week. Corresponding readings from the Prophets are tacked onto the weekly Torah readings. The reading cycle begins in the fall, after the Feast of Tabernacles, with Genesis 1:1. Approximately twelve months later, it concludes with the last verses of the book of Deuteronomy.

Reading along with the weekly Torah readings is a great way to study through the Torah every year. When you do, you are studying in synchronization with all Israel. Synagogues, study halls, and Messianic congregations all over the world will be examining the same passages of Scripture along with you.

In each of the weekly readings, the portions (Hebrew: parashot) are named after the first word or distinctive phrase in the passage. In the days of the Apostles, the Bible was not divided into chapters and verses. People indicated different scripture passages by referring to the first Hebrew word or phrase of the passage. If a rabbi said, "In the place where it says, 'After the death of Aaron's two sons...'" he would be referring to parashat Acharei Mot, Leviticus 16:1-18:30. Acharei Mot means "after the death of." In the same way, each portion (parasha) of Torah is named after its opening words, and each book of the Torah is named after its opening parasha.

Torah Portions from 2018 and into 2019

Portion

Date

Heb Date

Torah

Prophets

Gospels

Ki Tavo 01 Sep 2018 21 Elul 5778 Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8 Isaiah 60:1-22 Matthew 4:13-24
Nitzavim 08 Sep 2018 28 Elul 5778 Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20 Isaiah 61:10-63:9 John 12:41-50
Vayelech 15 Sep 2018 6 Tishri 5779 Deuteronomy 31:1-31:30 Hosea 14:2-10; Micah 7:18-20; Joel 2:15-27 Matthew 21:9-17
Ha'azinu 22 Sep 2018 13 Tishri 5779 Deuteronomy 32:1-32:52 2 Samuel 22:1-51 John 6:26-35
Chol HaMo'ed Sukkot 29 Sep 2018 20 Tishri 5779 Exodus 33:12-34:26 Ezekiel 38:18-39:16 John 7:31-43
B'reisheet 06 Oct 2018 27 Tishri 5779 Genesis 1:1-6:8 Isaiah 42:5-43:10 John 1:1-17
Noach 13 Oct 2018 4 Heshvan 5779 Genesis 6:9-11:32 Isaiah 54:1-55:5 Luke 17:20-27
Lech Lecha 20 Oct 2018 11 Heshvan 5779 Genesis 12:1-17:27 Isaiah 40:27-41:16 John 8:51-58
Vayera 27 Oct 2018 18 Heshvan 5779 Genesis 18:1-22:24 2 Kings 4:1-37 Luke 17:28-37
Chayei Sarah 03 Nov 2018 25 Heshvan 5779 Genesis 23:1-25:18 1 Kings 1:1-31 John 4:3-14
Toldot 10 Nov 2018 2 Kislev 5779 Genesis 25:19-28:9 Malachi 1:1-2:7 Matthew 10:21-38
Vayetze 17 Nov 2018 9 Kislev 5779 Genesis 28:10-32:2 Hosea 12:12-14:10 John 1:41-51
Vayishlach 24 Nov 2018 16 Kislev 5779 Genesis 32:3-36:43 Hosea 11:7-12:12, Obadiah 1:1-21 Matthew 2:13-23
Vayeshev 01 Dec 2018 23 Kislev 5779 Genesis 37:1-40:23 Amos 2:6-3:8 Matthew 1:18-25
Miketz 08 Dec 2018 30 Kislev 5779 Genesis 41:1-44:17 Isaiah 66:1-24 Luke 24:13-29
Vayigash 15 Dec 2018 7 Tevet 5779 Genesis 44:18-47:27 Ezekiel 37:15-28 Luke 24:30-48
Vayechi 22 Dec 2018 14 Tevet 5779 Genesis 47:28-50:26 1 Kings 2:1-12 John 13:1-19
Shemot 29 Dec 2018 21 Tevet 5779 Exodus 1:1-6:1 Isaiah 27:6-28:13, 29:22-23 Matthew 2:1-12
Va'era 05 Jan 2019 28 Tevet 5779 Exodus 6:2-9:35 Ezekiel 28:25-29:21 Luke 11:14-22
Bo 12 Jan 2019 6 Shevat 5779 Exodus 10:1-13:16 Jeremiah 46:13-28 John 19:31-37
Beshalach 19 Jan 2019 13 Shevat 5779 Exodus 13:17-17:16 Judges 4:4-5:31 Matt 14:22-33
Yitro 26 Jan 2019 20 Shevat 5779 Exodus 18:1-20:23 Isaiah 6:1-7:6, 9:5-6 Matthew 19:16-26
Mishpatim 02 Feb 2019 27 Shevat 5779 Exodus 21:1-24:18 Jeremiah 34:8-22, 33:25-26 Matthew 26:20-30
Terumah 09 Feb 2019 4 Adar I 5779 Exodus 25:1-27:19 1 Kings 5:26-6:13 Mark 12:35-44
Tetzaveh 16 Feb 2019 11 Adar I 5779 Exodus 27:20-30:10 Ezekiel 43:10-27 Matthew 5:13-20
Ki Tisa 23 Feb 2019 18 Adar I 5779 Exodus 30:11-34:35 1 Kings 18:1-39 Mark 9:1-10
Vayak'hel 02 Mar 2019 25 Adar I 5779 Exodus 35:1-38:20 2 Kings 11:17-12:17 Matthew 12:1-13
Pekudei 09 Mar 2019 2 Adar II 5779 Exodus 38:21-40:38 1 Kings 7:51-8:21 Luke 16:1-13
Vayikra 16 Mar 2019 9 Adar II 5779 Leviticus 1:1-5:26 1 Samuel 15:1-34 Matthew 5:23-30
Tzav 23 Mar 2019 16 Adar II 5779 Leviticus 6:1-8:36 Jeremiah 7:21-8:3, 9:22-23 Matthew 9:10-17
Sh'mini 30 Mar 2019 23 Adar II 5779 Leviticus 9:1-11:47 Ezekiel 36:16-38 Matthew 3:11-17
Tazria 06 Apr 2019 1 Nisan 5779 Leviticus 12:1-13:59 Ezekiel 45:16-46:18 Luke 2:22-35
Metzora 13 Apr 2019 8 Nisan 5779 Leviticus 14:1-15:33 2 Kings 7:3-20 Mark 1:35-45
Pesach 20 Apr 2019 15 Nisan 5779 Exodus 12:21-51 Joshua 3:5-7, 5:2-6:1, 6:27 John 19:31-20:1
Shemini Shel Pesach 27 Apr 2019 22 Nisan 5779 Deuteronomy 14:22-16:17 Isaiah 10:32-12:6 John 20:15-20
Acharei Mot 04 May 2019 29 Nisan 5779 Leviticus 16:1-18:30 Ezekiel 22:1-19 Matthew 15:10-20; Mark 12:28-34
Kedoshim 11 May 2019 6 Iyyar 5779 Leviticus 19:1-20:27 Amos 9:7-15 Mark 12:28-34
Emor 18 May 2019 13 Iyyar 5779 Leviticus 21:1-24:23 Ezekiel 44:15-31 Matthew 26:59-66
Behar 25 May 2019 20 Iyyar 5779 Leviticus 25:1-26:2 Jeremiah 32:6-27 Luke 4:14-22
Bechukotai 01 Jun 2019 27 Iyyar 5779 Leviticus 26:3-27:34 Jeremiah 16:19-17:14 Matthew 16:20-28
Bamidbar 08 Jun 2019 5 Sivan 5779 Numbers 1:1-4:20 Hosea 2:1-22 Matthew 4:1-17
Nasso 15 Jun 2019 12 Sivan 5779 Numbers 4:21-7:89 Judges 13:2-5 Luke 1:11-20
Beha'alotcha 22 Jun 2019 19 Sivan 5779 Numbers 8:1-12:15 Zechariah 2:14-4:7 Matthew 14:14-21
Shelach 29 Jun 2019 26 Sivan 5779 Numbers 13:1-15:41 Joshua 2:1-24 Matthew 10:1-14
Korach 06 Jul 2019 3 Tammuz 5779 Numbers 16:1-18:32 1 Samuel 11:14-12:22 John 19:1-17
Chukat 13 Jul 2019 10 Tammuz 5779 Numbers 19:1-22:1 Judges 11:1-33 John 19:38-42
Balak 20 Jul 2019 17 Tammuz 5779 Numbers 22:2-25:9 Micah 5:6-6:8 Matthew 21:1-11
Pinchas 27 Jul 2019 24 Tammuz 5779 Numbers 25:10-30:1 Jeremiah 1:1-2:3 John 2:13-22
Mattot/Massei 03 Aug 2019 2 Av 5779 Numbers 30:2-36:13, Numbers 33:1-36:13 Jeremiah 2:4-28, 3:4,4:1-2 Luke 13:1-9; Mark 11:12-23
Devarim 10 Aug 2019 9 Av 5779 Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22 Isaiah 1:1-27 Matthew 24:1-22
Va'etchanan 17 Aug 2019 16 Av 5779 Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11 Isaiah 40:1-26 Luke 3:2-15
Ekev 24 Aug 2019 23 Av 5779 Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25 Isaiah 49:14-51:3 Matthew 16:13-20
Re'eh 31 Aug 2019 30 Av 5779 Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17 Isaiah 66:1-24 John 6:35-51
Shoftim 07 Sep 2019 7 Elul 5779 Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9 Isaiah 51:12-52:12 John 14:9-20
Ki Tetze 14 Sep 2019 14 Elul 5779 Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19 Isaiah 54:1-10 Matthew 24:29-42
Ki Tavo 21 Sep 2019 21 Elul 5779 Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8 Isaiah 60:1-22 Matthew 4:13-24