Torah Portion of the Week

Each week in shul (synagogue) we read a Torah portion (parsha,) completing the cycle through the five books of the Torah annually on the festival of Simchas Torah.

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Each parsha is made up of a particular theme, usually hinted to in the name of that parsha which is derived from the first few words or sentences.

It is understood that the Torah does not contain anything redundant or extra. So all the contents, from caps on the letters to letters to words are to teach us lessons. This includes the breaks and spaces between sentences and paragraphs.

The process of writing and producing a sefer Torah (Torah scroll) is immensely complex and requires great learning, understanding and artisanship.

The Torah is infinitely replete with lessons and understandings. It is dynamic in the sense that each year a person has hopefully grown in understanding and avoidas Hashem (serving God) and therefore comes back to a different parsha each year.

Thus, in a spiritual sense, the Torah is constantly changing. Therefore every year, one comes back to the same parsha and same words in the Torah, but there is always a new insight, question or understanding.

Thus a child of five and an adult of ninety five can be learning the same parsha but the difference between the learning will be as if from a completely different book.

So the study of the Written Torah, like the study of physical nature (for comparison,) is only limited by one’s ability to access the wisdom therein. To this end we have the great classic merfarshim (commentators.)

We also have the blessing, in each generation, to be able to discover thoughts, understandings and ideas not elucidated in previous works (although all were known to Moshe and we thus refer to it as Toras Moshe – the Torah of Moshe.)

Below you will find a list of all the Torah parshas. In the list you will find linked articles with lessons on that particular parsha. Click on a link to access the respective articles.

Books of the Torah and Torah Portions

Breishis 

Bereishis

What is a Man

Spiritual Unity in Man

Noach

What is goodness

Lech Lecha

Spiritual Faith

Vayeira

What is goodness

Chayei Sara

Toldos

Vayeitzei

Vayishlach

Vayeshev

Mikeitz

Vayigash

Vayechi

Shemos

Shemos

Va'eira

G-d in Judaism

The Lesson of Wheat

Bo

Beshalach

Yisro

Ten Commandments Judaism

Living Torah

Mishpatim

Terumah

Tetzaveh

Ki Sisa

Vayakhail

Pekudei

Vayikra

Tzav

Shemini

Tazria

Metzora

Acharei Mos

Kedoshim

Emor

Behar

Bechukosai

Bamidbar

Bamidbar

Naso

Beha'aloscha

Shelach

Society Religion and Spirituality

The Soccer Parable

An understanding in Rashi

Korach - 

Society Religion and Spirituality

God in Judaism

Chukas:

Balak:

Society Religion and Spirituality

Pinchas

Mattos

Massai

Devarim

Devarim

Va'eschanan

Ten Commandments Judaism

Eikev

Re'eh

Shoftim

Ki Teitsei

Ki Teitsei

Ki Savo

Nitzavim

Vayelech

Ha'azinu

V'Zos HaBracha


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