Torah Portions

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By the time of Yeshua’s ministry, the Jewish sages had divided the Torah into weekly portions that could be read over the course of the liturgical year. Each portion was called, in Hebrew, a Parsha. A secondary reading from the Prophets was then added to the public reading of the Torah Parsha, called in Hebrew the Haftarah. Readings from the Writings of the Apostles have been added in recent times; as such, there are several Messianic traditions that can be found from from other resources. I have done my best to select readings from the New Testament that best correspond to the themes presented in the Torah and the Prophets.

 

Definitions

Torah Reading – reading selection from the Torah, corresponding to the same portions on an annual cycle that are read in Jewish synagogues around the world.

Prophets’ Reading – reading selection from the Prophets, following the Ashkenazi tradition.

Apostles’ Reading – reading selection from the New Testament that best correspond to the Torah and the Prophets.

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Standard Readings during Leap-Years

Weekly Parsha

Torah Reading

Prophets’ Reading

Apostles’ Reading

Beresheit (In the Beginning) Genesis 1:1-6:8 Isaiah 42:5-43:10 John 1:1-18
Noach (Noah) Genesis 6:9-11:32 Isaiah 54:1-55:5 Matthew 24:36-44,
1 Peter 3:18-22
Lech-Lecha (Go Out) Genesis 12:1-17:27 Isaiah 40:27-41:16 Hebrews 7:1-22,
Romans 3:19-5:6
Vayeira (He Appeared) Genesis 18:1-22:24 2 Kings 4:1-37 Luke 7:11-17,
James 2:14-24
Chayei Sarah (The Life of Sarah) Genesis 23:1-25:18 1 Kings 1:1-31 1 Peter 3:1-7
Toledot (Generations) Genesis 25:19-28:9 Malachi 1:1-2:7 Romans 9:1-18
Vayetze (He Left) Genesis 28:10-32:2 Hosea 12:12-14:9 Mark 1:16-20,
John 1:43-51
Vayishlach (He Sent) Genesis 32:3-36:43 Hosea 11:7-12:11,
Obadiah 1:1-21
Hebrews 12:14-21
Vayeshev (He Dwelt) Genesis 37:1-40:23 Amos 2:6-3:8 Matthew 26:1-5, 14-16, 36-56
Miketz (At the End) Genesis 41:1-44:17 1 Kings 3:15-4:1 Ephesians 2:11-22
Vayigash (He Drew Near) Genesis 44:18-47:27 Ezekiel 37:15-28 Luke 15:11-32
Vayechi (He Lived) Genesis 47:28-50:26 1 Kings 2:1-12 1 Peter 2:4-10
Shemot (Names) Exodus 1:1-6:1 Isaiah 27:6-28:13, 29:22-23 John 17:1-26
Va’eira (I Appeared) Exodus 6:2-9:35 Ezekiel 28:25-29:21 Romans 9:14-17,
2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1
Bo (Come) Exodus 10:1-13:16 Jeremiah 46:13-28 Revelation 19:1-16
Beshalach (When He Let Go) Exodus 13:17-17:16 Judges 4:4-5:31 Revelation 15:1-8
Yitro (Jethro) Exodus 18:1-20:23 Isaiah 6:1-7:6, 9:5-6 1 Timothy 3:1-16
Mishpatim (Laws) Exodus 21:1-24:18 Jeremiah 34:8-22, 33:25-26 Hebrews 9:15-22
Terumah (Offering) Exodus 25:1-27:19 1 Kings 5:26-6:13 Hebrews 8:1-13
Tetzaveh (You Shall Command) Exodus 27:20-30:10 Ezekiel 43:10-27 Hebrews 13:1-19
Ki Tisa (When You Take) Exodus 30:11-34:35 1 Kings 18:1-39 2 Corinthians 3:1-18
* Vayachel (He Assembled) Exodus 35:1-38:20 1 Kings 7:40-50 Hebrews 9:1-14
* Pekudei (The Accounting) Exodus 38:21-40:38 1 Kings 7:51-8:21 1 Corinthians 3:1-17
Vayikra (He Called) Leviticus 1:1-6:7 Isaiah 43:21-44:23 Hebrews 10:1-18
Tzav (Command) Leviticus 6:8-8:36 Jeremiah 7:21-8:3, 9:22-23 Romans 12:1-8
Shemini (Eighth) Leviticus 9:1-11:47 2 Samuel 6:1-7:17 Mark 7:1-23
* Tazria (She Bears Seed) Leviticus 12:1-13:59 2 Kings 4:42-5:19 Matthew 8:1-4,
Luke 17:11-19
* Metzora (Infected One) Leviticus 14:1-15:33 2 Kings 7:3-20 Luke 8:40-56
* Acharei Mot (After the Death) Leviticus 16:1-18:30 Ezekiel 22:1-19 1 John 4:7-12,
1 Corinthians 6:9-20
* Kedoshim (Holy Ones) Leviticus 19:1-20:27 Amos 9:7-15 1 Peter 1:13-25
Emor (Say) Leviticus 21:1-24:23 Ezekiel 44:15-31 Colossians 2:8-23
* Behar (On the Mount) Leviticus 25:1-26:2 Jeremiah 32:6-27 Matthew 25:31-46,
Galatians 6:1-10
* Bechukotai (By My Decrees) Leviticus 26:3-27:34 Jeremiah 16:19-17:14 Mark 12:41-44,
Acts 5:1-11
Bamidbar (In the Wilderness) Numbers 1:1-4:20 Hosea 1:10-2:20 Revelation 7:1-17
Naso (Lift Up) Numbers 4:21-7:89 Judges 13:2-25 Acts 21:17-26
Beha’alotecha (When You Set Up) Numbers 8:1-12:16 Zechariah 2:14-4:7 Luke 4:1-13,
Hebrews 4:14-16,
Revelation 1:9-20
Shlach (Send For Yourself) Numbers 13:1-15:41 Joshua 2:1-24 Hebrews 3:7-4:11
Korach (Korah) Numbers 16:1-18:32 1 Samuel 11:14-12:22 Romans 13:1-7
* Chukat (Ordinance) Numbers 19:1-22:1 Judges 11:1-33 John 3:1-21
* Balak (Balak) Numbers 22:2-25:9 Micah 5:6-6:8 2 Peter 2:1-22
Pinchas (Phinehas) Numbers 25:10-29:40 1 Kings 18:46-19:21
(Before Tammuz 17)Jeremiah 1:1-2:3
(After Tammuz 17)
Romans 11:2-32
* Matot (Tribes) Numbers 30:1-32:42 Jeremiah 1:1-2:3 Ephesians 5:21-33
* Masei (Journeys) Numbers 33:1-36:13 Jeremiah 2:4-28, 3:4 James 4:1-12
Devarim (Words) Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22 Isaiah 1:1-27 John 14:1-14
Va’etchanan (I Pleaded) Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11 Isaiah 40:1-26 Mark 12:28-34,
John 17:1-26
Eikev (As a Result) Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25 Isaiah 49:14-51:3 Hebrews 11:8-16,
Romans 8:31-39
Re’eh (See) Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17 Isaiah 54:11-55:5 Colossians 3:1-17
Shoftim (Judges) Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9 Isaiah 51:12-52:12 Matthew 18:15-19,
1 Peter 5:1-11
Ki Teitzei (When You Go Out) Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19 Isaiah 54:1-10 Matthew 5:27-30,
1 Corinthians 5:1-5
Ki Tavo (When You Enter In) Deuteronomy 26:1-29:9 Isaiah 60:1-22

Romans 9:6-29

* Nitzavim (You Are Standing) Deuteronomy 29:10-30:20 Isaiah 61:10-63:9

Romans 10:14-11:12

* Vayelech (He Went) Deuteronomy 31:1-31:30 Isaiah 55:6-56:8 Matthew 28:1-20
Ha’azinu (Give Ear) Deuteronomy 32:1-32:52 2 Samuel 22:1-51 Revelation 15:1-8
V’Zot HaBerachah (This Blessing) Deuteronomy 33:1-34:12 Joshua 1:1-18 Matthew 17:1-9,
Revelation 22:1-5

* Indicates combined readings during non leap-years. (See following chart)

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Combined Readings during non Leap-Years

Weekly Parsha

Torah Reading

Prophets’ Reading

Apostles’ Reading

Vayakhel-Pekudei Exodus 35:1-40:38 1 Kings 7:51-8:21 1 Corinthians 3:1-17
Tazria-Metzora Leviticus 12:1-15:33 2 Kings 7:3-20 Luke 8:40-56
Acharei Mot-Kedoshim Leviticus 16:1-20:27 Amos 9:7-15 1 Peter 1:13-25
Behar-Bechukotai Leviticus 25:1-27:34 Jeremiah 16:19-17:14 Mark 12:41-44,
Acts 5:1-11
Chukat-Balak Numbers 19:1-25:9 Micah 5:6-6:8 2 Peter 2:1-22
Matot-Masei Numbers 30:1-36:13 Jeremiah 2:4-28, 3:4 James 4:1-12
Nitzavim-Vayelech Deuteronomy 29:10-31:30 Isaiah 61:10-63:9 Matthew 28:1-20

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Readings for Special Sabbaths

Special Sabbaths

Additional Torah Reading

Prophets’ Reading

Apostles’ Reading

Sabbath of Shekels
– Heb. “Shabbat Shekalim”
– Sabbath before the New Moon of Adar, or Adar II in leap years
Exodus 30:11-16 2 Kings 11:17-12:16 Matthew 17:24-27
Sabbath of Remembrance
– Heb. “Shabbat Zachor”
– Sabbath before Purim
Deuteronomy 25:17-19 1 Samuel 15:1-34 Romans 7:14-8:17,
Ephesians 6:10-20,
Colossians 3:1-17
Sabbath of the Red Heifer
– Heb. “Shabbat Parah”
– Sabbath after the week of Purim
Numbers 19:1-22 Ezekiel 36:16-38 Hebrews 10:19-25,
1 John 1:5-2:6
The New Sabbath
– Heb. “Shabbat HaChodesh”
– Sabbath before the New Moon of Nisan
Exodus 12:1-20 Ezekiel 45:16-46:18 1 Corinthians 5:6-8
The Great Sabbath
– Heb. “Shabbat HaGadol”
–The Sabbath before Passover
Malachi 3:4-4:6 Matthew 11:7-19,
Matthew 17:1-13
Sabbath of Repentance
– Heb. “Shabbat Shuvah”
–Sabbath between the Day of Trumpets and the Day of Atonement
Hosea 14:2-10,
Micah 7:18-20,
Joel 2:15-27
2 Corinthians 7:2-13

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Readings for the New Moon

New Moon Sabbaths

Additional Torah Reading

Prophets’ Reading

Apostles’ Reading

When Sabbath is on the New Moon
Not applicable to Nisan, Tevet, Adar, and Tishrei
Numbers 8:9-15 Isaiah 66:1-24 Colossians 2:16-19,
Revelation 21:9-27
When Sabbath is one day before the New Moon on Sunday
Not applicable to Nisan, Tevet, Adar, and Tishrei
1 Samuel 20:18-42 Colossians 2:16-19,
Matthew 21:1-11

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Readings for Biblical and Traditional Holidays

Biblical and Traditional Holidays

Torah Reading

Additional Torah Reading

Prophets’ Reading

Apostles’ Reading

Day of Trumpets (1st Day)
– Heb. “Yom Teruah” and
“Rosh HaShanah”
Genesis 21:1-34 Numbers 29:1-6 1 Samuel 1:1-2:20 Matthew 24:3-25:46
* Day of Trumpets (2nd Day) Genesis 22:1-24 Numbers 29:1-6 Jeremiah 31:1-19 1 Corinthians 15:50-58,
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
The Fast of the Seventh Month
Heb. “Tzom Gedaliah”
– See Zechariah 8:19
Exodus 32:11-14, 34:1-10 2 Kings 25:22-26 Isaiah 55:6-56:8 Matthew 6:16-18
Day of Atonement (Morning)
– Heb. “Yom Kippur”
Leviticus 16:1-34 Numbers 29:7-11 Enoch 10:1-8 †
Isaiah 57:14-58:14
Baruch 1:1-5:9 †
Matthew 5:1-7:29
Day of Atonement (Afternoon) Leviticus 18:1-30 Jonah 1:1-4:11
Micah 7:18-20
2 Corinthians 5:10-21
Sabbath of Repentance
Heb. “Shabbat Shuvah”
– Sabbath between the Day of Trumpets and the Day of Atonement
Hosea 14:2-10,
Micah 7:18-20,
Joel 2:15-27
2 Corinthians 7:2-13
Feast of Tabernacles (1st Day)
– Heb. “Chag Sukkot”
Leviticus 22:26-23:44 Numbers 29:12-16 Zechariah 14:1-21 Matthew 1:18-2:23
Feast of Tabernacles (2nd Day) Leviticus 22:26-23:44 Numbers 29:12-16 1 Kings 8:2-21 Luke 2:1-40
Feast of Tabernacles (3rd Day) Numbers 29:17-25
Feast of Tabernacles (4th Day) Numbers 29:20-28
Feast of Tabernacles (5th Day) Numbers 29:23-31
Feast of Tabernacles (6th Day) Numbers 29:26-34
Feast of Tabernacles (7th Day)
– Heb. “Hoshana Rabbah”
Numbers 29:26-34
Feast of Tabernacles (8th Day)
– Heb. “Shemini Azteret”
Deuteronomy 14:22-16:17 Numbers 29:35-30:1 1 Kings 8:54-9:1 Revelation 21:1-8
* Rejoicing for the Torah
– Heb. “Simchat Torah”
Deuteronomy 33:1-34:12,
Genesis 1:1-2:3
Numbers 29:35-30:1 Joshua 1:1-18 Matthew 5:17-48,
Romans 7:7-25
Sabbath during the Feast of Tabernacles Exodus 33:12-34:26  Ecclesiastes 1-12 Ezekiel 38:18-39:16 Revelation 20:1-6
Feast of Dedication (1st Day)
Heb. “Chag Chanukkah”
Numbers 7:1-17  1 Maccabees 1-4 † Matthew 5:3-16
Feast of Dedication (2nd Day) Numbers 7:18-29 Luke 8:16-18
Feast of Dedication (3rd Day) Numbers 7:24-35 Luke 11:33-36
Feast of Dedication (4th Day) Numbers 7:30-41 1 John 1:5-10
Feast of Dedication (5th Day) Numbers 7:36-47 1 John 2:7-11
Feast of Dedication (6th Day)
Always the New Moon of Tevet
Numbers 7:42-47 Numbers 28:1-15 2 Corinthians 4:1-15
Feast of Dedication (7th Day) Numbers 7:48-59 Philippians 2:12-18
Feast of Dedication (8th Day) Numbers 7:54-8:4 Ephesians 5:6-20
First Sabbath during the Feast of Dedication Zechariah 2:14-4:7 Luke 4:1-13,
Hebrews 4:14-16,
Revelation 1:9-20
Last Sabbath during the Feast of Dedication (If Applicable) 1 Kings 7:40-50 Hebrews 9:1-14
The Fast of the Tenth Month
– Heb. “Asarah B’Tevet”
– See Zechariah 8:19
Exodus 32:11-14, 34:1-10  2 Kings 25:1-2 Isaiah 55:6-56:8 Matthew 6:16-18
Sabbath of Shekels
– Heb. “Shabbat Shekalim”
Shabbat before the New Moon of Adar, or Adar II in leap years
Exodus 30:11-16 2 Kings 11:17-12:16 Matthew 17:24-27
Sabbath of Remembrance
– Heb. “Shabbat Zachor”
Sabbath before Purim
Deuteronomy 25:17-19 1 Samuel 15:1-34 Romans 7:14-8:17,
Ephesians 6:10-20,
Colossians 3:1-17
The Fast of Esther
– Heb. “Ta’anit Esther”
Exodus 32:11-14, 34:1-10 Isaiah 55:6-56:8 Matthew 6:16-18
Purim Exodus 17:8-16  Esther 1-10 Romans 8:31-39
Sabbath of the Red Heifer
– Heb. “Shabbat Parah”
Sabbath after the week of Purim
Numbers 19:1-22 Ezekiel 36:16-38 Hebrews 10:19-25,

1 John 1:5-2:6

The New Sabbath
– Heb. “Shabbat HaChodesh”Sabbath before the New Moon of Nisan
Exodus 12:1-20 Ezekiel 45:16-46:18 1 Corinthians 5:6-8
The Great Sabbath
– Heb. “Shabbat HaGadol”The Sabbath before Passover
Malachi 3:4-24 Matthew 11:7-19,
Matthew 17:1-13
Passover
– Heb. “Pesach”

The Hagaddah is read during the Passover Seder on Erev Pesach.

Feast of Unleavened Bread (1st Day)

Heb. “Chag Matzah”

Exodus 12:21-51 Numbers 28:16-25 Joshua 3:5-7, 5:2-6:1, 6:27 John 18:1-19:42
Feast of Unleavened Bread (2nd Day) Leviticus 22:26-23:44 Numbers 28:16-25 2 Kings 23:1-9, 21-25 1 Corinthians 5:6-8,
Luke 22:7-23
Feast of Unleavened Bread (3rd Day) Exodus 13:1-16
Feast of Unleavened Bread (4th Day) Exodus 22:24-23:19
Feast of Unleavened Bread (5th Day) Exodus 34:1-26
Feast of Unleavened Bread (6th Day) Numbers 9:1-14
Feast of Unleavened Bread (7th Day)
– If Sabbath does not fall during the intermediate days of Unleavened Bread, then Songs is read on the seventh day.
Exodus 13:17-15:26 Numbers 28:19-25
Song of Songs 1-8
2 Samuel 22:1-51 Revelation 15:1-8
* Feast of Unleavened Bread (8th Day)
– If on a weekday
Deuteronomy 15:19-16:17 Numbers 28:19-25 Isaiah 10:32-12:6 Revelation 21:1-8
* Feast of Unleavened Bread (8th Day)
– If on the Sabbath
Deuteronomy 14:22-16:17 Numbers 28:19-25 Isaiah 10:32-12:6 Revelation 21:1-8
Sabbath during the Feast of Unleavened Bread
– If Sabbath does not fall during the intermediate days of Unleavened Bread, then Songs is read on the seventh day.
Exodus 33:12-34:26  Song of Songs 1-8 Ezekiel 37:1-14 1 Corinthians 12:1-31
Firstfruits
– Heb. “Bikkurim”
– Some place this on the 2
nd day of Passover, or Nisan 16. Others place it on the first Sunday following Passover.
Deuteronomy 26:1-11 Luke 24:1-41,
1 Corinthians 15:12-28
Feast of Weeks (Day One)
– Heb. “Shavuot” Gk. “Pentecost”
Exodus 19:1-20:23 Numbers 28:26-31 Ezekiel 1:1-28, 3:12 Acts 2:1-21, 38-47
* Feast of Weeks (Day Two)
– If on a Weekday
Deuteronomy 15:19-16:17 Numbers 28:26-31
Ruth 1-4
Habakkuk 2:20-3:19 John 14:15-31
* Feast of Weeks (Day Two)
– If on the Sabbath
Deuteronomy 15:19-16:17 Numbers 28:26-31
Ruth 1-4
Habakkuk 2:20-3:19 John 14:15-31
The Fast of the Fourth Month
– Heb. “Shivah Asar B’Tammuz”
– See Zechariah 8:19
Exodus 32:11-14, 34:1-10  2 Kings 25:3-7 Isaiah 55:6-56:8 Matthew 6:16-18
The Fast of the Fifth Month (Morning)
– Heb. “Tisha B’Av”
– See
Zechariah 8:19
Deuteronomy 4:25-40 2 Kings 25:8-12
Lamentations 1-5
Jeremiah 8:13-9:23 James 4:7-10, 5:7-18
The Fast of the Fifth Month (Noon) Exodus 32:11-14, 34:1-10 Isaiah 55:6-56:8 Matthew 6:16-18
The Holiday of Love
– Also called “Tu B’Av”
1 Corinthians 13:1-13

* Jewish tradition teaches that in the diaspora, the Sabbatical days of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Feast of Weeks, and the Feast of Tabernacles are lengthened by an extra day. Within the land of Israel, these days are traditionally celebrated as one day, and not as two. For example, the day referred to as “Simchat Torah” is celebrated within the land of Israel as part of the eighth day of the Feast of Tabernacles, but outside the land, it is celebrated on what ends up becoming a ninth day. The same holds true for the Feast of Weeks: within the land of Israel, it is a one day celebration, but outside of the land, it is traditionally kept for two days.

† It must be noted that the Books of Enoch, Baruch, and 1 Maccabees are part of the Apocrypha, and are not accepted as canonical by any modern sect of Judaism, nor by many Christian denominations. However, just as many authorities cherished them in antiquity, both Jewish and Christian, so do many within the Hebrew Roots Movement, both leaders and laymen, find value in them today.

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