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January 2015
Tevet - Shevat 5775

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Torah portions


3 January, 2015

Vayechi (He lived)
Genesis (B'Reisheet) 47:28-50:26

Portion Summary: The last reading from the book of Genesis is named Vayechi (ויחי), which means “and he lived.” The title comes from the first verse of the reading, which says, “Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years” (Genesis 47:28). In this Torah portion, Jacob prepares for his death by securing a double portion of inheritance for Joseph and then blessing each of his sons with prophetic blessings. The book of Genesis ends with the death of Jacob, followed shortly by the death of Joseph and a promise of redemption from Egypt. By http://torahportions.org

Haftarah:1 Kings 2:1-12
B'rit Hadashah: Luke 4:31-5:11

10 January, 2015

Shemot (Names)
Exodus 1:1-6:1

Portion Summary: Shemot (שמות) is both the title for the second book from the scroll of the Torah and the title of the first Torah portion therein. Shemot means “names.” The English-speaking world calls this book Exodus. The Hebrew title for the book comes from the opening phrase of the book: “Now these are the names (shemot) of the sons of Israel who came to Egypt with Jacob” (Exodus 1:1).

The English name Exodus comes from the Septuagint (LXX), the Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible. The Greek title for the book is Exodus Aigyptou, which translates as “Departure from Egypt.” The name Exodus is an abbreviated form of that title. Exodus means “departure.” The book of Exodus tells the story of the children of Israel enslaved in Egypt and their miraculous redemption through the hand of Moses, the story of the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai, the construction of the golden calf and the construction of the Tabernacle.

As we study the first week’s reading from the book of Exodus, we find the children of Israel in slavery. It seems at first that the God of their forefathers has forgotten them. But God has not forgotten His promises. He remembers His promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and brings a Redeemer to their children’s children, for the sake of His name, with love. By http://torahportions.org

Haftarah: Isaiah 27:6-28:1, 29:22-23
B'rit Hadashah: Luke 5:12-39

 

17 January, 2015

Va'era (I appeared)
Exodus 6:2-9:35

Portion Summary: The second reading from the book of Exodus and fourteenth reading from the Torah is named Va’era (וארא), which means “And I appeared.” The title comes from the first words of the second verse of the reading, which says, “And I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, as God Almighty” (Exodus 6:3). The portion begins with four expressions of redemption whereby God promises to bring Israel out of the Egyptian bondage. The narrative progresses to tell the story of the first seven of the ten plagues that God unleashed on Egypt. By http://torahportions.org

Haftarah: Ezekiel 28:25-29:21
B'rit Hadashah: Matthew 12:1-14

24 January, 2015

Bo (Come)
Exodus 10:1-13:16

Portion Summary: The fifteenth reading from the Torah is named Bo (בוא), which means “Come.” The title comes from the first words of the first verse of the reading, which say, “Then the LORD said to Moses, ‘[Come] to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart” (Exodus 10:1). The portion begins by concluding the narrative of the ten plagues, the tenth of which is the slaying of the firstborn. To avoid the plague, the Israelites are given the instructions for the Passover sacrifice and the laws of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Pharaoh finally consents to let Israel go, and they leave Egypt. By http://torahportions.org

Haftarah: Jeremiah 46:13-28
B'rit Hadashah: Mark 3:7-19

31 January, 2015

Beshalach (When he sent)
Exodus 13:17-17:16

Portion Summary: The sixteenth reading from the Torah is named Beshalach (בשלח), which means “When he sent.” The title comes from the first verse of the reading, which can be literally translated to say, “And it happened when Pharaoh sent out the people.” The reading tells the adventures of the Israelites as they leave Egypt, cross the Red Sea, receive miraculous provision in the wilderness and face their first battle. By http://torahportions.org

Haftarah: Judges 4:4-5:31
B'rit Hadashah: Matthew 5:1-48


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