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October 2018
Tishrei - Cheshvan 5779
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6 October 2018 / 27 Tishrei 5779

B'reisheet "In The Beginning" | בראשית
Genesis 1:1-6:8

Portion Summary:
The scroll of the Torah is the oldest and most sacred of all Israel's Scriptures. It contains five books. The Hebrew name for the first one is B'reisheet. It is also the first word of the book in the Hebrew text, as well as the name for the first parasha (the first week's reading). B'reisheet means "in the beginning."

The English name Genesis comes from the Septuagint (LXX), the Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible. Genesis means "origins." Therefore, the Greek name for the first book of the Bible means "The Book of Origins."

Genesis describes the origins of everything. It begins with the origins of the universe, focuses on the origins of man and then explores the origins of the nation of Israel.

As we study the first week's reading from the book of Genesis, we will learn a great deal about God, but even more about ourselves. After all, this is the story of our origins. When properly understood, the story of our origin helps us find our destination.

Haftarah: Isaiah 42:5-43:10
B'rit Hadashah: John 1:1-17

13 October 2018 / 4 Cheshvan 5779

Noach "Noah" | נח
Genesis 6:9-11:32

Portion Summary:
The second reading in the book of Genesis is named after Noah. In Hebrew, the name Noah is spelled Noach. The word Noach is related to the Hebrew word for "rest." Genesis 5:29 says that his parents named him Noah (Noach נח) because they hoped their son would give them rest (nacham, נחם) from their toil. The contents of section Noah tell the story of Noah's flood, the tower of Babel and the beginning of the Abrahamic line.

Haftarah: Isaiah 54:1-55:5
B'rit Hadashah: Luke 17:20-27

20 October 2018 / 11 Cheshvan 5779

Lech Lecha "Go Forth" | לך לך
Genesis 12:1-17:27

Portion Summary:
The third reading from the book of Genesis is named Lech Lecha. It means "go forth." The first verse says, "Now the LORD said to Abram, 'Go forth (lech lecha לך לך) from your country.'" Section Lech Lechaintroduces Abraham and tells the story of his pilgrimage in pursuit of God.

Haftarah: Isaiah 40:27-41:16
B'rit Hadashah: John 8:51-58

27 October 2018 / 18 Cheshvan 5779

Vayera "He appeared" |וירא
Genesis 18:1-22:24

Portion Summary:
The fourth reading from the book of Genesis is named Vayera. It means "And he appeared" because the first story describes how the LORD appeared to Abraham one day as he sat outside his tent. Section Vayera continues with the series of tests of faith for Abraham, concluding in one great and final trial.

Haftarah: 2 Kings 4:1-37
B'rit Hadashah: Luke 17:28-37

* 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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