August 8, 2012 - 3:16 PM

What Is a Parsha?


The parsha is the section of the Torah (the first five books of the Bible) that Jews around the world read on any given week. The parsha is read aloud in the Shabbat (Sabbath) morning service, except when a holiday falls on Shabbat. The practice of an annual cycle of public Torah reading dates back to the 6th century B.C.E.

Each of the 54 Torah portions has been given a name based on one of the first words in the Hebrew translation of the passage. This annual reading starts and ends on Simchat Torah, a festive Jewish holiday celebrating the Torah that usually falls in October.

Many Jewish sites offer the schedule as well as teaching on each week’s Torah portion.

Over the next year, our Holy Land Moments Daily Devotional emails will follow and explore each week's parsha readings. Sign up now to read through the Torah with us!


Submitted by Kenny Croley on
Thank you so much,now I can keep the Sabbath the way our Lord did ! SUN DOWN FRIDAY,TILL SUN DOWN SATURDAY.

Submitted by James on
The Hebrew Torah is not a translation, it's the original version. Everything else (language wise) is a translation. Jews aren't the only ones who participate in exercising the Parasha. And in "most" synagogues the Parasha is chanted, not just read. Other than that, good concise explanation of what the Parasha is.

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