Parsha

Balak

Parsha Balak

Balak בָּלָק is the fortieth parsha in the annual reading cycle. It is the seventh reading in Bamidbar (Numbers). Since, Chukat and Balak is a double reading then the aforementioned stats could change a little but we are sticking to this type of counting the parsha readings.

Balak בָּלָק  is the name of the king of the Moabites. Stong’s defines as “devastator“. The Etymological Dictionary of Biblical Hebrew defines the three letter root as “destroy“, “render uninhabitable“. The extended meanings are “destroying” or “devastating” with a reference to Isaiah 24:1.

Balak בָּלָק is the second word and the first distinctive word in the Hebrew text (see text below).

Parsha Chukat

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Chukat חֻקַּת is the thirty-ninth parsha in the annual reading cycle. It is the sixth reading in Bamidbar (Numbers). Chukat and Balak is the first double reading of Bamidbar. Chukat חֻקַּת  is translated as “the law” “the ordinance“, “the statute“, or “the custom“. Artscoll translates it as “the decree“.

Chukat חֻקַּת is the seventh word (counting the hyphenated words as one word) and the first distinctive word in the Hebrew text (see text below).

Parsha Korach

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Korach קֹרַח is the thirty-eighth parsha in the annual reading cycle. It is the fifth reading in Bamidbar (Numbers). Korach קֹרַח is translated as “Korah”, “Korach“, or “Qorah“. This is a proper name it is kinda’ standard in how it is translated. The various spellings deal with the tradition of how letters are translated.

In the Strongs and BDB you will see baldness ?, or to make bald, as the definition of this name. This is not the true meaning. See, in Hebrew, letters  are added to the beginning or ending of a root word. This will change the meaning of the word. Here by doing this it can take on the meaning “to make bald” or “to shear“. Also changing the vowel points creates new words.

According to the Etymological Dictionary of Biblical Hebrew,  (a kosher source) the letters ק qoph, ר resh, ח chet (קרח) means “cohere“. The extended meanings are (1) “balding”, (2) “smooth interior garment” (3) “frost; hold together” so strictly speaking here this word does not mean “balding” or “to make bald”.

Korach קֹרַח is the second word and the first distinctive word in the Hebrew text (see text below).

Shelach

Parsha Shelach

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Shelach שְׁלַח-לְךָ is the thirty-seventh parsha in the annual reading cycle. It is the fourth reading in Bamidbar (Numbers).  Shelach שְׁלַח-לְךָ is translated as “send for yourself” “Send for thee“, “Send“, “Send thou“, “send for thee“. Artscoll translates it as “Send forth for you“.

Shelach שְׁלַח-לְךָ is the fifth word (counting the hyphenated words as one word) and the first distinctive word in the Hebrew text (see text below).

Parsha Beha’alotcha

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Beha’alotcha בְּהַעֲלֹתְךָ is the thirty-sixth parsha in the annual reading cycle. It is the third reading in Bamidbar (Numbers).  Beha’alotcha בְּהַעֲלֹתְךָ is translated as “when you step up”, “when you erect“, “when you ascend “, “when you arrange“, “when you kindle“,  “In thy causing“, “When you mount” or “when thou lightest“.

Beha’alotcha בְּהַעֲלֹתְךָ is the ninth word (counting the hyphenated words as one word) and the first distinctive word in the Hebrew text (see text below).

Parsha Tazria-Metzora

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Tazria תַזְרִיעַ is translated as “she conceives”.

Parsha Tazria תַזְרִיעַ It is made up of 3,667 Hebrew letters, 1,010 Hebrew words, 67 verses, and 128 lines in a Torah Scroll. 1

Metzora מְּצֹרָע is translated as “one being diseased”.

Parsha Metzora מְּצֹרָע It is made up of 4,697 Hebrew letters, 1,274 Hebrew words, 90 verses, and 159 lines in a Torah Scroll 2

Parsha Shemini

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Shemini שְּׁמִינִי is the twenty-sixth portion in the annual reading and the third in Leviticus (Vayikra) וַיִּקְרָא . Shemini is translated as “eighth”; it’s the third word in the text.

Parsha Shemini שְּׁמִינִי parsha summary

For about a half of year, Israel as a whole, were constructing the tabernacle (mishkan).  In parsha Shemini, we pickup after the seven days of installing the priesthood; it is now the eight day.  Therefore, it is time for Aaron and his sons to inaugurate the first service. We see the first offerings given. Then tragedy hits, Nadav and Avihu is struck down for offering an inappropriate gift. The next events deals with this issue and finishing and complete  the “sin” offering.  The remainder section is dealing with the laws of animals that may be consumed by the children of Israel.

More Info about the Parashot
The weekly Torah portion (Hebrew: פָּרָשַׁת הַשָּׁבוּעַ‬ Parashat ha-Shavua), popularly just parashah (or parshah /pɑːrʃə/ or parsha) and also known as a Sidra (or Sedra /sɛdrə/) is a section of the Torah (Five Books of Moses) used in Jewish liturgy during a single week. It is chanted publicly by a designated reader (ba’al koreh) in Jewish prayer services, starting with a partial reading on the afternoon of Shabbat (Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath), again during the Monday and Thursday morning services, and ending with a full reading during the following Shabbat morning services. The weekly reading is pre-empted by a special reading on major religious holidays. The Saturday morning and holiday readings are followed by a reading (Haftarah) from the Book of Prophets (Nevi’im). There are 54 weekly parashiyot (plural) or parshahs (anglicized pluralization) in Judaism, and the full cycle is read over the course of one Jewish year. 1

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בְּרֵאשִׁית — Parashot Bereshit
Genesis Weekly Torah Readings
# Date English | Hebrew Translation Verses
1 10/17/20
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Bereshit | בְּרֵאשִׁית In the beginning Gen. 1:1-6:8
2 10/24/20
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Noach | נֹחַ rest 6:9-11:32
3 10/31/20
(5781)
Lech-Lecha | לֶךְ-לְךָ Go forth, yourself! 12:1-17:27
4 11/07/20
(5781)
Vayeira | וַיֵּרָא And He appeared 18:1-22:24
5 11/14/20
(5781)
Chayei Sarah | חַיֵּי שָׂרָה Life of Sarah 23:1-25:18
6 11/21/20
(5781)
Toledot | תּוֹלְדֹת Generations 25:19-28:9
7 11/28/20
(5781)
Vayetze | וַיֵּצֵא And he went out 28:10-32:3
8 12/05/20
(5781)
Vayishlach | וַיִּשְׁלַח And he sent 32:4-36:43
9 12/12/20
(5781)
Vayeshev | וַיֵּשֶׁב And he settled 37:1-40:23
10 12/19/20
(5781)
Miketz | מִקֵּץ At the end of 41:1-44:17
11 12/26/20
(5781)
Vayigash | וַיִּגַּשׁ And he drew near 44:18-47:27
12 01/02/21
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Vayechi | וַיְחִי And he lived 47:28-50:26
שְׁמוֹת — Parashot Shemot
Exodus Weekly Torah Readings
# Date English | Hebrew Translation Verses
13 01/09/21
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Shemot | שְׁמוֹת Names Ex. 1:1-6:1
14 01/16/21
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Va’eira | וָאֵרָא Appeared 6:2-9:35
15 01/23/21
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Bo | בֹּא Go! 10:1-13:16
16 01/30/21
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Beshalach | בְּשַׁלַּח When he sent out 13:17-17:16
17 02/06/21
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Yitro | יִתְרוֹ Jethro 18:1-20:23
18 02/13/21
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Mishpatim | מִּשְׁפָּטִים Laws 21:1-24:18
19 02/20/21
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Terumah | תְּרוּמָה Offering 25:1-27:19
20 02/27/21
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Tetzaveh | תְּצַוֶּה You shall command 27:20-30:10
21 03/06/21
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Ki Tisa | כִּי תִשָּׂא When you elevate 30:11-34:35
22 03/13/21
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* Vayakhel | וַיַּקְהֵל And he assembled 35:1-38:20
23 03/13/21
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Pekudei | פְקוּדֵי Accountings 38:21-40:38
מְּצֹרָע — Parashot Vayikra
Leviticus Weekly Torah Readings
# Date English | Hebrew Translation Verses
24 03/20/21
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Vayikra | וַיִּקְרָא And he called 1:1-5:26
25 03/27/21
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Tzav | צַו Command! 6:1-8:36
26 04/10/21
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Shemini | שְּׁמִינִי Eighth 9:1-11:47
27 04/17/21
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* Tazria | תַזְרִיעַ She bears seed 12:1-13:59
28 04/17/21
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Metzora | מְּצֹרָע Infected one 14:1-15:33
29 04/24/21
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* Acharei Mot |
אַחֲרֵי מוֹת
After the death 16:1-18:30
30 04/24/21
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Kedoshim | קְדֹשִׁים Holy ones 19:1-20:27
31 05/01/21
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Emor | אֱמֹר Say gently 21:1-24:23
32 05/08/21
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* Behar | בְּהַר On the Mount 25:1-26:2
33 05/08/21
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Bechukotai | בְּחֻקֹּתַי In My laws 26:3-27:34
בְּמִדְבַּר — Parashot Bamidbar
Numbers Weekly Torah Readings
# Date English | Hebrew Translation Verses
34 05/15/21
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Bamidbar | בְּמִדְבַּר In the wilderness 1:1-4:20
35 05/22/21
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Naso | נָשֹׂא Elevate! 4:21-7:89
36 05/29/21
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Beha’alotcha | בְּהַעֲלֹתְךָ In your uplifting 8:1-12:16
37 06/05/21
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Shelach | שְׁלַח-לְךָ Send for yourself 13:1-15:41
38 06/12/21
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Korach | קֹרַח Korach 16:1-18:32
39 06/19/21
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 Chukat | חֻקַּת Law 19:1-22:1
40 06/26/21
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Balak | בָּלָק Balak 22:2-25:9
41 07/03/21
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Pinchas | פִּינְחָס Pinchas 25:10-30:1
42 07/10/21
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Matot | מַּטּוֹת Tribes 30:2-32:42
43 07/10/21
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Masei | מַסְעֵי Journeys 33:1-36:13
דְּבָרִים — Parashot Devarim
Deuteronomy Weekly Torah Readings
# Date English | Hebrew Translation Verses
44 07/17/21
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Devarim | דְּבָרִים Words 1:1-3:22
45 07/24/21
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Va’etchanan | וָאֶתְחַנַּן Pleaded 3:23-7:11
46 07/31/21
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Eikev | עֵקֶב As a result 7:12-11:25
47 08/07/21
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Re’eh | רְאֵה See! 11:26-16:17
48 08/14/21
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Shoftim | שֹׁפְטִים Judges 16:18-21:9
49 08/21/21
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Ki Teitzei | כִּי-תֵצֵא When you go out 21:10-25:19
50 08/28/21
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Ki Tavo | כִּי-תָבוֹא When you enter 26:1-29:8
51 09/04/21
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Nitzavim | נִצָּבִים Standing (Witnessing) 29:9-30:20
52 09/11/21
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Vayelech | וַיֵּלֶךְ And he went 31:1-31:30
53 09/18/21
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Haazinu | הַאֲזִינוּ Listen! 32:1-32:52
54  – V’Zot HaBerachah |
וְזֹאת הַבְּרָכָה
And this is the blessing 33:1-34:12

Double Readings

Sometimes, in the weekly Torah readings we have to read two parashot to keep the cycle on course. This occurs every year. This happens due to the Lunar cycle. Below I have listed the five reading doubles.
  1. 03/13/21 – Vayakhel-Pekudei – Exodus 35:1-40:38
  2. 04/17/21 – Tazria-Metzora – Leviticus 12:1-15:33
  3. 04/24/21 – Acharei-Kedoshim –  Leviticus 16:1-20:27
  4. 05/08/21 – Behar-Bechukotai – Leviticus 25:1-27:34
  5. 07/10/21 – Matot-Massei – Numbers 30:2–36:13

Festivals

This is a list of festival dates.
  1. 02/25/21 – 02/26/21- Purim – Esther
  2. 03/27/21 – 04/04/21 – Pesach
  3. 05/16/21 – 05/18/21 – Shavout
  4. 09/06/21 – 09/08/21 – Rosh Hashana
  5. 09/15/21 – 09/15/21 – Yom Kippur
  6. 09/20/21 – 09/22/21 – Sukkot
  7. 09/27/21 – Shmini Atzeret
  8. 09/29/21 -Simchat Torah
  9. 11/28/20 – 12/06/21 – Chanukah

Notes:

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weekly_Torah_portion
Tzav

Parsha Tzav

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Tzav צַ֤ו is the twenty-fifth parshoit of the year reading cycle; it’s also the second of Vaykra. Tzav צַ֤ו is translated as “command”. It is the sixth word in the Hebrew. It can be spelled five different ways: (1) T-Z-A-V, (2) T-S-A-V, (3) Z-A-V, (4) S-A-V, (5) S-A-W

Tsav צַ֤ו parsha summary

Previously, we see the instructions to the people to bring the offerings קָרְבָּן korban. In Tsav צַ֤ו, Torah turns it’s attention towards Aaron and the priesthood. We will discover their responsibilities concerning the korban services. It begins with the fire on the altars and proceeds through each of the korban. In the end, Aaron and his sons are successful in following the details of God’s commands concerning the acceptable methods of handling the korban services.

Vayikra "and he called" Leviticus

Parsha Vayikra

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Vayikra וַיִּקְרָא is the twenty-fourth parsha reading in the yearly cycle; it is the first in the book of Leviticus (Vayikra) וַיִּקְרָא . Vayikra is translated as “and he called” and is the first word in the text.

Vayikra וַיִּקְרָא parsha summary

In parsha Vayikra וַיִּקְרָא we pick up were the book of Exodus (Shemot) ends. This section of text explains the acceptable offerings and the manner of slaughter. We begin with the The burnt offering and proceed to the meal offering. We continue with the peace and “sin” offerings. Finally, we will discuss the fifth offering  which is called the guilt offering. Our final reading, deals with an offering for dishonesty. It introduces the third type of guilty offering. It reveals how monetary misappropriation is a sin towards HaShem.