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 God. 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 through 2017 and into 2018

PortionDateHeb DateTorahProphetsGospels
Lech Lecha28 Oct20178 Heshvan 5778Genesis 12:1-17:27Isaiah 40:27-41:16Matthew 1:1-17
Vayera04 Nov201715Heshvan5778Genesis 18:1-22:242 Kings 4:1-37Luke 2:1-38
Chayei Sarah11 Nov201722Heshvan5778Genesis 23:1-25:181 Kings 1:1-31Matthew 2:1-23
Toldot18 Nov201729Heshvan5778Genesis 25:19-28:9Malachi 1:1-2:7Luke 3:1-18
Vayetze25 Nov20177 Kislev 5778Genesis 28:10-32:2Hosea 12:12-14:10Matthew 3:13-4:11
Vayishlach02 Dec201714 Kislev 5778Genesis 32:3-36:43Hosea 11:7-12:12, Obadiah 1:1-21John 1:19-2:12
Vayeshev09 Dec201721 Kislev 5778Genesis 37:1-40:23Amos 2:6-3:8John 2:13-4:42
Miketz16 Dec201728 Kislev 5778Genesis 41:1-44:17Zechariah 2:14-4:7Luke 4:16-31
Vayigash23 Dec20175 Tevet 5778Genesis 44:18-47:27Ezekiel 37:15-28John 5:1-47
Vayechi30 Dec201712 Tevet 5778Genesis 47:28-50:261 Kings 2:1-12Luke 4:31-5:11
Shemot06 Jan 201819 Tevet 5778Exodus 1:1-6:1Isaiah 27:6-28:13, 29:22-23Luke 5:12-39
Va'era13 Jan 201826 Tevet 5778Exodus 6:2-9:35Ezekiel 28:25-29:21Matthew 12:1-14
Bo20 Jan 20184 Shevat 5778Exodus 10:1-13:16Jeremiah 46:13-28Mark 3:7-19
Beshalach27 Jan 201811 Shevat 5778Exodus 13:17-17:16Judges 4:4-5:31Matthew 5
Yitro03 Feb201818 Shevat 5778Exodus 18:1-20:23Isaiah 6:1-7:6, 9:5-6Matthew 6:1-8:1
Mishpatim10 Feb201825 Shevat 5778Exodus 21:1-24:182 Kings 11:17-12:17Luke 7:1-8:3
Terumah17 Feb20182 AdarI 5778Exodus 25:1-27:191 Kings 5:26-6:13Matthew 13:1-53
Tetzaveh24 Feb20189 AdarI 5778Exodus 27:20-30:101 Samuel 15:1-34Mark 4:35-5:43
Ki Tisa03 Mar201816 AdarI 5778Exodus 30:11-34:351 Kings 18:1-39Matthew 9:35-11:1
Vayak'hel/Pekudei10 Mar201823 AdarI 5778Exodus 35:1-40:38Ezekiel 36:16-38Mark 6:14-29/John 6:1-71
Vayikra17 Mar20181 Nisan 5778Leviticus 1:1-5:26Ezekiel 45:16-46:18Mark 7:1-30
Tzav24 Mar20188 Nisan 5778Leviticus 6:1-8:36Malachi 3:4-24Mark 7:31-8:38
Pesach31 Mar201815 Nisan 5778Exodus 12:21-51Joshua 3:5-7, 5:2-6:1, 6:27
Chol HaMo'ed Pesach07 Apr201822 Nisan 5778Exodus 33:12-34:26Ezekiel 37:1-14
Sh'mini14 Apr201829 Nisan 5778Leviticus 9:1-11:472 Sam. 6:1-7:17Mark 9:1-13
Tazria/Metzora21 Apr20186 Iyyar 5778Leviticus 12:1-15:332 Kings 7:3-20Mark 9:14-50/Luke 9:51-10:42
Acharei Mot/Kedoshim28 Apr201813 Iyyar 5778Leviticus 16:1-20:27Ezekiel 22:1-19John 7:1-52/John 7:53-10:21
Emor05May201820 Iyyar 5778Leviticus 21:1-24:23Ezekiel 44:15-31Luke 11:1-12:59
Behar/Bechukotai12 May201827 Iyyar 5778Leviticus 25:1-27:34Jeremiah 16:19-17:14Luke 13:1-33/John 10:22-42/Luke 14:1-15:32
Bamidbar19 May20185 Sivan 5778Numbers 1:1-4:20Hosea 2:1-22Luke 16:1-17:10
Nasso26 May201812 Sivan 5778Numbers 4:21-7:89Judges 13:2-5John 11:1-54
Beha'alotcha02 Jun 201819 Sivan 5778Numbers 8:1-12:15Zechariah 2:14-4:7Luke 17:11-18:14
Shelach09 Jun 201826 Sivan 5778Numbers 13:1-15:41Joshua 2:1-24Mark 10:1-45
Korach16 Jun 20183 Tammuz 5778Numbers 16:1-18:321 Samuel 11:14-12:22Luke 18:35-19:28
Chukat23 Jun 201810Tammuz5778Numbers 19:1-22:1Judges 11:1-33Matthew 21:1-17
Balak30 Jun 201817Tammuz5778Numbers 22:2-25:9Micah 5:6-6:8Mark 11:12-26
Pinchas07 Jul 201824Tammuz5778Numbers 25:10-30:1Jeremiah 1:1-2:3Mark 11:27-12:37
Mattot/Massei14 Jul 20182 Av 5778Numbers 30:2-36:13, Numbers 33:1-36:13Jeremiah 2:4-28, 3:4,4:1-2Matthew 23:1-39/Matthew 24:1-25:46
Devarim21 Jul 20189 Av 5778Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22Isaiah 1:1-27Mark 14:1-16
Va'etchanan28 Jul 201816 Av 5778Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11Isaiah 40:1-26Luke 22:13-38
Ekev04 Aug201823 Av 5778Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25Isaiah 49:14-51:3John 13:31-15:27
Re'eh11 Aug201830 Av 5778Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17Isaiah 66:1-24John 16:1-17:26
Shoftim18 Aug20187 Elul 5778Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9Isaiah 51:12-52:12Matthew 26:47-27:10
Ki Tetze25 Aug201814 Elul 5778Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19Isaiah 54:1-10Luke 23:1-25
Ki Tavo01 Sep201821 Elul 5778Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8Isaiah 60:1-22Luke 23:26-56
Nitzavim08 Sep201828 Elul 5778Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20Isaiah 61:10-63:9Luke 24:1-12
Vayelech15 Sep20186 Tishri 5779Deuteronomy 31:1-31:30Hosea 14:2-10; Micah 7:18-20; Joel 2:15-27Luke 24:13-43
Ha'azinu22 Sep201813 Tishri 5779Deuteronomy 32:1-32:522 Samuel 22:1-51John 20:26-21:25
Chol HaMo'ed Sukkot29 Sep201820 Tishri 5779Exodus 33:12-34:26Ezekiel 38:18-39:16
B'reisheet06 Oct201827 Tishri 5779Genesis 1:1-6:8Isaiah 42:5-43:10John 1:1-18
Noach13 Oct20184 Heshvan 5779Genesis 6:9-11:32Isaiah 54:1-55:5Luke 1:5-80