Category: פָּרָשָׁה

  • 12) Parshah Vayechi וַיְחִי Parshah in a Nutshell for Vayechi Genesis 47:28-50:26 Jacob lives the final 17 years of his life in Egypt. Before his passing, he asks Joseph to take an oath that he will bury him in the Holy Land. He blesses Joseph’s two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim, elevating them to the status of his own […]

  • 11) Parshah Vayigash וַיִּגַּשׁ Parshah in a Nutshell for Vayigash Genesis 44:18-47:27 Judah approaches Joseph to plead for the release of Benjamin, offering himself as a slave to the Egyptian ruler in Benjamin’s stead. Upon witnessing his brothers’ loyalty to one another, Joseph reveals his identity to them. “I am Joseph,” he declares. “Is my father still alive?” […]

  • 10) Parshah Mikeitz מִקֵּץ Parshah in a Nutshell for Mikeitz Genesis 41:1-44:17 Joseph’s imprisonment finally ends when Pharaoh dreams of seven fat cows that are swallowed up by seven lean cows, and of seven fat ears of grain swallowed by seven lean ears. Joseph interprets the dreams to mean that seven years of plenty will be followed by […]

  • 9) Parshah Vayeishev וַיֵּשֶׁב   Vayeishev – Genesis 37:1-40:23 Parshah in a Nutshell for Vayeishev Genesis 37:1-40:23 Jacob settles in Hebron with his twelve sons. His favorite is 17-year-old Joseph, whose brothers are jealous of the preferential treatment he receives from his father, such as a precious many-colored coat that Jacob makes for Joseph. Joseph relates to his […]

  • 8) Parshah Vayishlach וַיִּשְׁלַח   Parshah and Haftorah for Vayishlach (וַיִּשְׁלַח). The Hebrew words for “he sent,” the first word of the Parshah, Genesis 32:4–36:43; read on the days of Kislev 10-16, 5779, aka Nov 18-24, 2018. ************************* Parshah in a Nutshell for Vayishlach Genesis 32:4-36:43 Jacob returns to the Holy Land after a 20-year stay in Charan, […]

  • 7) Parshah Vayeitzei Vayeitzei in a Nutshell Genesis 28:10–32:3 Jacob leaves his hometown of Beersheba and journeys to Charan. On the way, he encounters “the place” and sleeps there, dreaming of a ladder connecting heaven and earth, with angels climbing and descending on it; G‑d appears and promises that the land upon which he lies will be […]

  • 6) Parshah Toldot   Toldot in a Nutshell Genesis 25:19–28:9 Isaac and Rebecca endure twenty childless years, until their prayers are answered and Rebecca conceives. She experiences a difficult pregnancy as the “children struggle inside her”; G‑d tells her that “there are two nations in your womb,” and that the younger will prevail over the elder. Esau […]

  • 5) Parshah Chayei Sarah   Chayei Sarah in a Nutshell Genesis 23:1–25:18 Sarah dies at age 127 and is buried in the Machpelah Cave in Hebron, which Abraham purchases from Ephron the Hittite for four hundred shekels of silver. Abraham’s servant Eliezer is sent, laden with gifts, to Charan, to find a wife for Isaac. At the village […]

  • 4) Parsha Vayeira וַיֵּרָא

    Parshah and Haftorah for Vayeira (וַיֵּרָא ), Hebrew “Vayeira” =”and He appeared,” the first word in the parshah Vayeira, Genesis 18:1-22:24, to be read on Chesvan 12-18, 5779 a.k.a., Oct 21-27, 2018. ———————————- Parshah In a Nutshell for Vayeira Genesis 18:1-22:24 G*d reveals Himself to Abraham three days after the first Jew’s circumcision at age […]

  • 3) Parshah Lech Lecha לֶךְ-לְךָ

    Parshah and Haftorah for Lech Lecha (לֶךְ-לְךָ), Hebrew “Lech Lecha” =”go!” or “leave!” or “go for you,” the fifth and sixth words in the parshah Lech Lecha, Genesis 12:1-17:27, to be read on Chesvan 5-11, 5779 a.k.a., Oct 14-20, 2018. ———————————- Parshah In a Nutshell for Lech Lecha Genesis 12:1-17:27 G*d speaks to Abram, commanding […]

  • 2) Parshah Noach

    Parshah and Haftorah for Noach (נֹחַ ), Hebrew “Noach” = the name “Noah,” the third word in the parshah Noach, Genesis 6:9-11:32, to be read on Tishrei 28 – Cheshvan 4, 5779; Oct 7-13, 2018. ———————————- Parshah In a Nutshell for Noach Genesis 6:9-11:32 G*d instructs Noah — the only righteous man in a world […]

  • 1) Parshah Bereishis

    Parshah and Haftorah for Bereishit (בְּרֵאשִׁית ), in Hebrew “Bereishit” = “In begining.” The word “Beresheit” is the first words in the parshah Beresishit, Genesis 1:1-6:8, to be read on Tishrei 21-27, 5779 a.k.a., Sep 30 – Oct 6, 2018. ——————————- Parshah In a Nutshell for Bereishit Genesis 1:1-6:8 G*d creates the world in six […]

  • Parsha Bereishis – פָּרָשָׁה בְּרֵאשִׁית בְּרֵאשִׁית בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם וְאֵת הָאָֽרֶץ In the beginning of God’s creation of the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1–6:8 פָּרָשָׁה בְּרֵאשִׁית Rashi comments: בראשית: אמר רבי יצחק לא היה צריך להתחיל [את] התורה אלא (שמות יב ב) מהחודש הזה לכם, שהיא מצוה ראשונה שנצטוו [בה] ישראל, ומה טעם פתח בבראשית, משום (תהלים קיא […]