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January 2016
Tevet - Shevat 5776

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2 January, 2016 / 21 Tevet 5776

Shemot | שמות | "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).

Haftarah: Isaiah 27:6-28:13,

B'rit Hadashah: Luke 5:12-39

9 January, 2016 / 28 Tevet 5776

Va'era | וארא | "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.

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

16 January, 2016 / 6 Shevat 5776

Bo | בוא | "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

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

23 January, 2016 / 13 Shevat 5776

Beshalach | בשלח | "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.

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

30 January, 2016 / 20 Shevat 5776

Yitro | יתרו | "Jethro "
Exodus 18:1-20:23

Portion Summary:
The seventeenth reading from the Torah is named Yitro (יתרו), which is the literal Hebrew behind the name Jethro. The title comes from the first words of the first verse of the reading, which says, “Now Jethro, the priest of Midian, Moses’ father-in-law, heard of all that God had done for Moses and for Israel His people” (Exodus 18:1). The portion tells the story of Jethro’s visit to the camp of Israel, then relates the great theophany at Mount Sinai, where God gives Israel the Ten Commandments and invites the people to enter a special covenant relationship with Him.

Haftarah: Isaiah 6:1-7:6, 9:5-6
B'rit Hadashah: Matthew 6:1-8:1

* The Torah and Haftarah chapter/verse numberings are taken from the Hebrew Bible (Christian published chapter/verse numberings are indicated within parenthesis)

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