The Weekly Torah Portion: What You Need to Know

An index of summaries and commentaries for all 54 portions.

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The weekly Torah portion, parshat hashavuah, serves as the focal point for much Jewish learning, from individual study to informal discussion groups to rabbis’ sermons. The Torah, also known as the Five Books of Moses or the Pentateuch, is divided into 54 separate portions, each one named for the first word or words of the passage — and each linked to a specific week. The weekly portion is read aloud, or chanted, from the Torah scroll as part of the Torah service in synagogue on Shabbat (Saturday) morning.

The Torah is part of the Tanach, or Hebrew Bible, known in Christianity as the Old Testament. Tanach is an acronym for Torah, Nevi’im (Prophets) and Ketuvim (Writings).

To find out this week’s Torah portion, click “Weekly Torah Portion” on our homepage. In addition, most printed and digital Jewish calendars include the week’s Torah portion. To create your own customized Jewish calendar, click here.

To find the Torah portion for a specific date — such as your birth date or the date of an upcoming bar/bat mitzvah — go to Hebcal.com/converter/. This site converts dates from Gregorian to Jewish calendar and vice versa, and reports the weekly Torah portion associated with it.

The following archive contains divrei Torah — literally, “words of Torah,” the name given to expositions or commentaries on the portion — from different viewpoints and sources. The page for each portion also links to the full text in Hebrew and English.

To receive a free newsletter with Torah commentaries every week, click here.

Click for the listing of portions in each book of the Bible. For an overview/summary of each book, click on its heading below:

Bereshit / Genesis

torahSh’mot / Exodus

Vayikra / Leviticus

B’midbar / Numbers

D’varim / Deuteronomy


Bereshit / Genesis

Bereshit

Noah
Lekh-L’kha
Vayera
Haye Sarah
Toldot
Vayetze
Vayishlah
Vayeshev
Miketz
Vayigash
Vayehi

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Sh’mot / Exodus
Sh’motSephardic torah
Vaera
Bo
B’shalah
Yitro
Mishpatim
Terumah
Tetzaveh
Ki Tissa
Vayakhel
Pekudei


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Vayikra / Leviticus
Vayikra
Tzav
Shemini
Tazria
Metzora
Ahare Mot
Kedoshim
Emor
B’har
B’hukotai

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B’midbar / Numbers

B’midbar
Naso
B’ha’alotekha
Shlah
Korah
Hukkat
Balak
Pinhas
Mattot
Masei
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D’varim / Deuteronomy

D’varim
Va’et’hanan
Ekev
Re’eh
Shoftim
Ki Tetze
Ki Tavo
Nitzavim
Vayelekh
Ha’azinu
Vezot Haberakhah

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To receive a free newsletter with Torah commentaries every week, click here.

The weekly Torah portion, parshat hashavuah, serves as the focal point for much Jewish learning, from individual study to informal discussion groups to rabbis’ sermons. The Torah, also known as the Five Books of Moses or the Pentateuch, is divided into 54 separate portions, each one named for the first word or words of the passage — and each linked to a specific week. The weekly portion is read aloud, or chanted, from the Torah scroll as part of the Torah service in synagogue on Shabbat (Saturday) morning.

The Torah is part of the Tanach, or Hebrew Bible, known in Christianity as the Old Testament. Tanach is an acronym for Torah, Nevi’im (Prophets) and Ketuvim (Writings).

To find out this week’s Torah portion, click “Weekly Torah Portion” on our homepage. In addition, most printed and digital Jewish calendars include the week’s Torah portion. To create your own customized Jewish calendar, click here.

To find the Torah portion for a specific date — such as your birth date or the date of an upcoming bar/bat mitzvah — go to Hebcal.com/converter/. This site converts dates from Gregorian to Jewish calendar and vice versa, and reports the weekly Torah portion associated with it.

The following archive contains divrei Torah — literally, “words of Torah,” the name given to expositions or commentaries on the portion — from different viewpoints and sources. The page for each portion also links to the full text in Hebrew and English.

To receive a free newsletter with Torah commentaries every week, click here.

Click for the listing of portions in each book of the Bible. For an overview/summary of each book, click on its heading below:

Bereshit / Genesis

torahSh’mot / Exodus

Vayikra / Leviticus

B’midbar / Numbers

D’varim / Deuteronomy


Bereshit / Genesis

Bereshit

Noah
Lekh-L’kha
Vayera
Haye Sarah
Toldot
Vayetze
Vayishlah
Vayeshev
Miketz
Vayigash
Vayehi

Return to top

Sh’mot / Exodus
Sh’motSephardic torah
Vaera
Bo
B’shalah
Yitro
Mishpatim
Terumah
Tetzaveh
Ki Tissa
Vayakhel
Pekudei


Return to top

Vayikra / Leviticus
Vayikra
Tzav
Shemini
Tazria
Metzora
Ahare Mot
Kedoshim
Emor
B’har
B’hukotai

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B’midbar / Numbers

B’midbar
Naso
B’ha’alotekha
Shlah
Korah
Hukkat
Balak
Pinhas
Mattot
Masei
Return to top



D’varim / Deuteronomy

D’varim
Va’et’hanan
Ekev
Re’eh
Shoftim
Ki Tetze
Ki Tavo
Nitzavim
Vayelekh
Ha’azinu
Vezot Haberakhah

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