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Torah is a spiraling mirrored pathway that is opened to us week by week. It is the Sha'ar Tzedek, the Gate of Righteousness through which we may enter fully into our own lives.

When I read Torah each week I search for the blessing in it, I receive the spiritual challenge and rise to meet that challenge, and I am guided in my practice. Spiritual practice begins with a loving discernment of "Here" and "Now."

I locate myself both in space and time. I widen my perspective to include the vastness of space. And then I begin to narrow my focus, finding this galaxy, this solar system, this spinning planet, this continent, this neighborhood, this body and the still point within, the place made sacred by my awareness.

Breathing out from this point, the very center of the universe, I locate myself in Time. I see the life-path that I have traveled, the twists and turns that have brought me to where Here and Now intersect. I find myself in the cycle of the seasons. I find myself in relation to the sun and the moon, the plantings and the harvests. I orient myself to the calendars, to the clock and to the proximity of Shabbat. I feel the glow of last Shabbat and the pull of the Shabbat to come. And I orient myself to the cycle of Torah.


Each Torah Journey will uncover the blessing, present the spiritual challenge and offer practices related to the weekly parsha.

 



Torah As Blessing

Torah As Spiritual Challenge
  

Journeying Through Torah

Torah as Guidance for Practice

The Destinations of Torah Journeys



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Calendar of Torah Portions1

 

2013-14
2014-15
     
Gen. 1:1-6:8
Sep 28, '13
Oct 18, '14
     
Gen. 6:9-11:32
Oct 5, '13
Oct 25, '14
     
Gen. 12:1-17:27
Oct 12, '13
Nov 1, '14
     
Gen. 18:1-22:24
Oct 19, '13
Nov 8, '14
     
Gen. 23:1-25:18
Oct 26, '13
Nov 15, '14
     
Gen. 25:19-28:9
Nov 2, '13
Nov 22, '14
     
Gen. 28:10-32:3
Nov 9, '13
Nov 29, '14
     
Gen. 32:4-36:43
Nov 16, '13
Dec 6, '14
     
Gen. 37:1-40:23
Nov 23, '13
Dec 13, '14
     
Gen. 41:1-44:17
Nov 30, '13
Dec 20, '14
     
Gen. 44:18-47:27
Dec 7, '13
Dec 27, '14
     
Gen. 47:28-50:26
Dec 14, '13
Jan 3, '15
     
Ex. 1:1-6:1
Dec 21, '13
Jan 10, '15
     
Ex. 6:2-9:35
Dec 28, '13
Jan 17, '15
     
Ex. 10:1-13:16
Jan 4, '14
Jan 24, '15
     
Ex. 13:17-17:16
Jan 11, '14
Jan 31, '15
     
Ex. 18:1-20:23
Jan 18, '14
Feb 7, '15
     
Ex. 21:1-24:18
Jan 25, '14
Feb 14, '15
     
Ex. 25:1-27:19
Feb 1, '14
Feb 21, '15
     
Ex. 27:20-30:10
Feb 8, '14
Feb 28, '15
     
Ex. 30:11-34:35
Feb 15, '14
Mar 7, '15
     
Ex. 35:1-38:20
Feb 22, '14
Mar 14, '15
     
Ex. 38:21-40:38
Mar 1, '14
"
     
Lev. 1:1-5:26
Mar 8, '14
Mar 21, '15
     
Lev. 6:1-8:36
Mar 15, '14
Mar 28, '15
     
Lev. 9:1-11:47
Mar 22, '14
Apr 18, '15
     
Lev. 12:1-13:59
Mar 29, '14
Apr 25, '15
     
Lev. 14:1-15:33
Apr 5, '14
"
     
Lev. 16:1-18:30
Apr 12, '14
May 2, '15
     
Lev. 19:1-20:27
Apr 26, '14
"
     
Lev. 21:1-24:23
May 3, '14
May 9, '15
     
Lev. 25:1-26.2
May 10, '14
May 16, '15
     
Lev. 26:3-27:34
May 17, '14
"
     
Num. 1:1-4:20
May 24, '14
May 23, '15
     
Num. 4:21-7:89
May 31, '14
May 30, '15
     
Num. 8:1-12:16
Jun 7, '14
Jun 6, '15
     
Num. 13:1-15:41
Jun 14, '14
Jun 13, '15
     
Num. 16:1-18:32
Jun 21, '14
Jun 20, '15
     
Num. 19:1-22:1
Jun 28, '14
Jun 27, '15
     
Num. 22:2-25:9
Jul 5, '14
Jul 4, '15
     
Num. 25:10-30:1
Jul 12, '14
Jul 11, '15
     
Num. 30:2-32:42
Jul 19, '14
Jul 18, '15
     
Num. 33:1-36:13
Jul 26, '14
"
     
Deut. 1:1-3:22
Aug 2, '14
Jul 25, '15
     
Deut. 3:23-7:11
Aug 9, '14
Aug 1, '15
     
Deut. 7:12-11:25
Aug 16, '14
Aug 8, '15
     
Deut. 11:26-16:17
Aug 23, '14
Aug 15, '15
     
Deut. 16:18-21:9
Aug 30, '14
Aug 22, 15
     

Ki Tetze

Deut. 21:10-25:19
Sep 6, '14
Aug 29, '15
     
Deut. 26:1-29:8
Sep 13, '14
Sep 5, '15
     

Nitzavim

Deut. 29:9-30:20
Sep 20, '14
Sep 12, '15
     
Deut. 31:1-31:30
"
Sep 19, '15
     

Ha'azinu

Deut. 32:1-32:52
Sep 27, '14
Sep 26, '15
     

Vezot Habrakha

Deut. 33:1-34:12
Oct 17, '14
     

 

Vezot Habrakha is read at the end of Sukkot, on the holiday of Simchat Torah (which takes place of the 8th day of Sukkot in Israel and in the Reform tradition, and on the 9th day elsewhere).  We have indicated the traditional Diaspora date.

On holidays, the cycle is interrupted in favor of a special reading appropriate to the day.

Because of the hybrid nature of the Hebrew lunar-solar calendar, in which years can range from 355-384 days, there are some portions that "double up" during the shorter years to fit all the readings into the calendar.  Those portions are indicated with a ditto mark.

Hebcal.com provides dates of Torah readings and holidays, as well as candle lighting times.

 

1 Torah Journeys: The Inner Path to the Promised Land, by Rabbi Shefa Gold, pp. 234-235, Ben Yehuda Press, 2006

 

 

 

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