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.
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.