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November 2018
Cheshvan - Kislev 5779
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3 November 2018 / 25 Cheslev 5779

Chayei Sarah "Sarah's Life" | חיי שרה
Genesis 23:1-25:18

Portion Summary:
The fifth reading from the book of Genesis is named Chayei Sarah. It means "Sarah lived," because the narrative begins with the words "Now Sarah lived one hundred and twenty-seven years" (Genesis 23:1). This portion of the Torah is filled with romance and sorrow. It tells the story of how Abraham mourned his wife after her passing, and how he procured a wife for his son Isaac. At the end of this portion, Abraham is laid to rest beside his
beloved wife.

Haftarah: I Kings 1:1-31
B'rit Hadashah: John 4:3-14

10 November 2018 / 2 Kislev 5779

Toldot "Family History" | תולדות
Genesis 25:19-28:9

Portion Summary:
The sixth reading from the book of Genesis is named Toldot, which means "generations." It is so named because the Torah portion begins with the words "Now these are the records of the generations of Isaac" (Genesis 25:19). Toldot tells us the story of the birth of Jacob and Esau and their struggle for the birthright and blessing of their father, Isaac. We also learn about Isaac's trials and difficulties in the land of Canaan. The portion concludes with Jacob's deception of Isaac in order to procure the family blessing.

Haftarah: Malachi 1:1-2:7
B'rit Hadashah: Matthew 10:21-38

17 November 2018 / 9 Kislev 5779

Vayetze "He Went Out" | ויצא
Genesis 28:10-32:2

Portion Summary:
The seventh reading from the book of Genesis is named Vayetze, which means "and he went out." The title comes from the first verse of the reading, which says, "And Jacob went out from Beersheba" (Genesis 28:10 KJV). This portion tells the story of Jacob's flight from his brother Esau, his vision at Bethel, his employment with his uncle Laban and his marriage to the two sisters, Rachel and Leah. Jacob's double marriage results in a baby-bearing contest that gives him eleven sons. At the end of the portion, Jacob leaves Laban and returns to the land of Canaan, but not before Laban tries to stop him.

Haftarah: Hosea 12:12-14:10
B'rit Hadashah: John 1:41-51

24 November 2018 / 16 Kislev 5779

Vayishlach "He Sent" |וישלח
Genesis 32:3-36:43

Portion Summary:
The eighth reading from the book of Genesis is named Vayishlach, which means "and he sent." The title comes from the first verse of the reading, which says, "Then Jacob sent messengers before him to his brother Esau in the land of Seir, the country of Edom" (Genesis 32:3 [verse 4 in Jewish-published Bibles]). Jacob prepares to meet Esau as he returns to the Promised Land, but first he has a mysterious encounter with an angel in the darkness, who changes his name to Israel. The portion follows Jacob's adventures in the land of Canaan, including the loss of his beloved wife, Rachel.

Haftarah: Hosea 11 d:7-12:12,
Obadiah 1:1-21
B'rit Hadashah: Matthew 2:13-23

* 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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