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March 2018
Adar - Nissan 5778
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3 March 2018 / 16 Adar 5778

Vayakhel-Pekudei | ויקהל/פקודי|
"He garthered/Countings"

EXODUS 35:1-40:38

Portion Summary:

The twenty-second reading from the Torah and the second-to-last reading from the book of Exodus is called Vayakhel, which means "and he assembled." The name comes from the first words of the first verse of the reading, which could be literally translated to read, "And Moses assembled all the congregation of the sons of Israel ..." (Exodus 35:1). This portion from the Torah describes how the assembly of Israel worked together to build the Tabernacle. In most years, synagogues read Vayakhel together with the following portion, Pekudei.


The twenty-third reading from the Torah and last reading from the book of Exodus is called Pekudei which means "Accounts." The first words of the first verse of the reading could be literally translated to read, "These are the accounts (pekudei) of the Tabernacle" (Exodus 38:21). The last reading from Exodus begins with an audit of how the contributions for the Tabernacle were used. The portion goes on to describe the completion of the Tabernacle and its assembly and concludes by depicting the glory of the LORD entering it. In most years, synagogues read Pekudei together with the previous portion, Vayakhel; therefore, the comments on this week's reading will be brief. By

Haftarah: EZEKIEL 36:16-38
B'rit Hadashah: JOHN 13:1-19;
LUKE 16:1-13

10 March 2018 / 23 Adar 5778

Vayikra | ויקרא | "And He Called"
LEVITICUS 1:1-5:26

Portion Summary:
The title "Leviticus" is derived from the Greek Septuagint (LXX) version of the Torah. The book of Leviticus is predominantly concerned with Levitical rituals. An older Hebrew name for the book was "The Laws of the Priesthood," but in Judaism today, it is referred to by the name Vayikra, which means "And He called." Vayikra is the first Hebrew word of the book, which begins by saying, "And the LORD called to Moses and spoke to him from inside the tent of meeting" (Leviticus 1:1).

Leviticus describes the sacrificial service and the duties of the priests. It also introduces ritual purity, the biblical diet, the calendar of appointed times, laws of holiness and laws relating to redemption, vows and tithes. In addition, Leviticus discourses on ethical instruction and holiness. The twenty-fourth reading from the Torah is eponymous with the Hebrew name of the book it introduces: Vayikra. This portion introduces the sacrificial service and describes five different types of sacrifices. By

Haftarah: ISAIAH 43:21-44:23
B'rit Hadashah: MATTHEW 5:23-30

17 March 2018 / 1 Nissan 5778

Tzav | צו | "Command"
LEVITICUS 6:1-8:36

Portion Summary:
The twenty-fifth reading from the Torah and second reading from the book of Leviticus is called Tzav, which means "Command." The name comes from the first word of Leviticus 6:9, where the LORD says to Moses, "Command Aaron and his sons ..." Tzav reiterates the five types of sacrifices introduced in the previous portion but this time discusses the priestly regulations pertaining to them. The last chapter of the reading describes the seven-day ordination of Aaron and his sons as they prepared to enter the holy priesthood.

Haftarah: JEREMIAH 7:21-8:3, 9:22-23
B'rit Hadashah: MATTHEW 9:10-17

24 March 2018 / 8 Nissan 5778

Shemini | שמיני | "Eighth"
LEVITICUS 9:1-11:47

Portion Summary:
Shemini is the twenty-sixth reading from the Torah and third reading from the book of Leviticus. The word shemini means "eighth," and it comes from the first words of Exodus 9:1, which says, "Now it came about on the eighth day that Moses called Aaron and his sons and the elders of Israel" (Leviticus 9:1). The text goes on to describe the events of the eight day after setting up the Tabernacle, a phenomenal worship service followed by a tragic incident. The reading concludes with the biblical dietary laws regarding animals fit for consumption and prohibitions regarding those that are unfit.

Haftaah: 2 SAMUEL 6:1-7:17
B'rit Hadashah: MATTHEW 3:11-17

31 March 2018 / 15 Nissan 5778

Tazria | תזריע | "She Will Conceive"
LEVITICUS 12:1-13:59

Portion Summary:
The name of the twenty-seventh reading from the Torah is Tazria, which means "she conceived." The name is derived from the words of Leviticus 12:2, where the LORD says to Moses, "When a woman [conceives] and bears a male child." Leviticus 12 discusses the laws of purification after childbirth. Leviticus 13 introduces the laws for diagnosing and quarantining lepers. Except in biblical calendar leap years, Tazria is read together with the subsequent Torah portion, Metzora, on the same Sabbath.

Haftaah: 2 KINGS 4:42-5:19
B'rit Hadashah: LUKE 2:22-35


* 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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