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December 2018
Kislev - Tevet 5779
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1 December 2018 / 23 Cheslev 5779

Vayeshev "He Settled" | וישב
Genesis 37:1-40:23

Portion Summary:
The ninth reading from the book of Genesis is named Vayeshev, which means "and he dwelt." The title comes from the first verse of the reading, which says, "Now Jacob [dwelt] in the land where his father had sojourned, in the land of Canaan" (Genesis 37:1). Despite the portion's name and first verse, the story is actually about Jacob's son Joseph and how he was removed from the land of Canaan and dwelt in Egypt. The narrative follows Joseph from Canaan to Egypt to prison. In addition, this week's reading contains the story of Judah and Tamar.
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Haftarah: Amos 2:6-3:8
B'rit Hadashah: Matthew 1:18-25

8 December 2018 / 30 Kislev 5779

Miketz "From the End" | מקץ
Genesis 41:1-44:17

Portion Summary:
The tenth reading from the book of Genesis is named Miketz, which means "the end." The title comes from the first verse of the reading, which says, "Now it happened at the end of two full years that Pharaoh had a dream" (Genesis 41:1). The portion begins with Pharaoh's portentous dreams, Joseph's interpretations and his subsequent rise to power over Egypt. When a famine strikes the land of Canaan, his brothers come to Egypt seeking grain, but they do not recognize Joseph, who engineers a means by which he can test their character.
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Haftarah: Zechariah 2:14-4:7
B'rit Hadashah: Luke 24:13-29

15 December 2018 / 7 Tevet 5779

Vayigash "He Approached" | ויגש
Genesis 44:18-47:27

Portion Summary:
The eleventh reading from the book of Genesis is named Vayigash, which means "and he came near." The title comes from the first verse of the reading, which says, "Then Judah [came near] him" (Genesis 44:18). The portion begins with the dramatic unveiling of Joseph's true identity and his reconciliation with his brothers. It then proceeds to tell the story of the migration of Jacob's family to Egypt and the rest of the famine years. This Torah portion begins to set the stage for the Egyptian captivity of the sons of Jacob.
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Haftarah: Ezekiel 37:15-28
B'rit Hadashah: Luke 24:30-48

 

22 December 2018 / 14 Tevet 5779

Vayechi "He Lived" | ויחי
Genesis 47:28-50:26

Portion Summary:
The last reading from the book of Genesis is named Vayechi, 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.
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Haftarah: I Kings 2:1-12
B'rit Hadashah: John 13:1-19

29 December 2018 / 21 Tevet d5779

Shemot "Names" |שמות
Exodus 1:1-6:1

Portion Summary:
Shemot 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.
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Haftarah: Isaiah 26:6-28:13, 29:22-23
B'rit Hadashah: Matthew 2:1-12

* 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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