Questions tagged [parsha-torah-portion]

Questions about division of the Torah into 54 weekly portions. Every week a different portion is read, though sometimes two portions may be combined into one week.

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Why are we repeating the Torah portion this week?

Wasn't last week Parshat Vezot Hab'rachah? But we are now repeating it! Am I off a portion or are we actually repeating it?
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What is the meaning of “Cursed be…”?

For example: "Cursed be he who perverts the judgment of the stranger, the orphan, or the widow. And all the people shall say, Amen!" Do we have any idea what the curse consists of? There are many ...
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Is the punishment for loshan hara death or tzaraas?

What is worse loshan hara about a thing or about a person? We see that Miriam said Lashan Hara about a person and got Tzoraas We see the meraglim said Lashan Hara about trees and stones and received ...
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How many did Moshe/Aharon have on their side?

Korach had "250" on his side. How many did Moshe/Aharon have on their side? What do the rabbis say?
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What does the act of cursing one's parents entail?

The Torah (Leviticus 20:9) tells us: "for any man who curses his father or his mother, shall be put to death..." What exactly would be considered "cursing" here?
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What is the earliest known reference to a Torah portion by name?

What is the earliest known reference to one of the 54 Torah portions by name? (Is it ever done in the Talmud, for instance?) For reference, the 54 Torah portions are: Bereshit Noach Lech Lecha ...
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Theoretically, may a Sidra begin in the middle of a Parsha, besides for Vayechi? [duplicate]

Rashi at the beginning of Vayechi (Bereishis 47:28) asks: לָמָּה פָּרָשָׁה זוֹ סְתוּמָה Why is this Parsha “closed”? As Sifsei Chachamim ad. loc. explains: למה פרשה זו סתומה כו'. כלומר ...
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Are questions of the form “Why is XYZ true of this Sidrah” “valid”?

As far as I can tell, where the weekly Sidra breaks start and end are somewhat arbitrary: it doesn’t seem to matter how long the Sidros are, as long as there are enough Pesukim for seven aliyos, each ...
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Why does the verb PaGA (פגע) mean both to intercede and to arrive?

What is the explanation why the Hebrew verb PaGA ( = פגע ) means both to intercede and to arrive? We see this, for example, in the Chabad Rashi translation and commentary of both Genesis 28:11 "And ...
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Why do most Chumashim mark the end of a Sidra with 3 parsha markings?

With the exception of the end of Vayigash, every Sidrah (Shabbat weekly Torah reading) ends at a parsha (paragraph end.) When there is a parsha end in the middle of the sidrah, Chumashim use a single ...
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Yaacov's refusal to use Yitzhak's wealth

This is a question my son asked I couldn't answer. Yitzhok was extremely wealthy. When sending out Eliezer to bring Rivka, Abraham wrote him an inheritance bill for Yitzhok. When Yaakov "ran away" he ...
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Whose side Rachel and Leah were on?

According to Ariz"l and his followers, the sequence of Yaacov's marriages (Rachel first and then Leah) was of a great importance, dealing with the Seider of the Geulah, Moshiachs etc. Lavan planned to ...
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Where is there a discussion where one can understand Devarim 23:25 fully?

According to Devarim 23:25 כִּי תָבֹא בְּכֶרֶם רֵעֶךָ, וְאָכַלְתָּ עֲנָבִים כְּנַפְשְׁךָ שָׂבְעֶךָ; וְאֶל-כֶּלְיְךָ, לֹא תִתֵּן. Where is there a discussion where one can understand Devarim 23:25 ...
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Why wasn't Aharon punished with Tzraas?

Numbers 12:1 וַתְּדַבֵּ֨ר מִרְיָ֤ם וְאַהֲרֹן֙ בְּמֹשֶׁ֔ה עַל־אֹד֛וֹת הָאִשָּׁ֥ה הַכֻּשִׁ֖ית אֲשֶׁ֣ר לָקָ֑ח כִּֽי־אִשָּׁ֥ה כֻשִׁ֖ית לָקָֽח׃ Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the ...
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What were the approximate ages of the heads of house(niseim) in parshat bamidbar. Above or below 60 years old

Having just read last weeks parsha bamidbar. I wanted to know approximately how old the heads of house (niseim) of Israel were when the jews were counted. Were they older than 60 and they were not ...
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Why are those parshios in particular combined? [duplicate]

The Tur (OC 428), as explained by the Tiferes Yisrael (Shevili d'Rakia 15), lists four dates that must fall out at certain points in the leining cycle: Pesach must fall out after Tzav in a non-leap ...
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How could Peretz have had children before going to Egypt? [duplicate]

וַיְהִי בָּעֵת הַהִוא וַיֵּרֶד יְהוּדָה מֵאֵת אֶחָיו וַיֵּט עַד-אִישׁ עֲדֻלָּמִי וּשְׁמוֹ חִירָה. בראשית לח:א וַתָּסַר בִּגְדֵי אַלְמְנוּתָהּ מֵעָלֶיהָ וַתְּכַס בַּצָּעִיף וַתִּתְעַלָּף ...
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Joseph's Technicolor Dream Coat - Hand me down?

I had a theory, [which I subsequently found in Pirkei D'Rav Eliezer chapter 24] regarding the Coat that Yaakov gave to Yosef that engendered so much jealousy from the brothers Adam Harishon had a ...
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Why do Torah scrolls not have vowels or Trope?

Why do Torah scrolls not have vowels or Trope, thus forcing the reader to memorize both? Is there a historical or Halachic reason for this?
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Why do we finish reading the Torah on Simchat Torah and not Shavuot? [duplicate]

Why do we finish/restart reading the Torah on the 22nd of Tishrei (Simchat Torah)? Wouldn't it make more sense to align our Torah reading cycle with Shavuot, the anniversary of receiving the Torah?
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What is the official name for the “additional readings” on special torah-reading days?

On certain special Shabboses, like the four parshiyot, there is a special torah reading that replaces Maftir after the weekly parsha is read. Is there a name for this extra not-from-the-weekly-parsha ...
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Shnayim Mikrah V'Echad Targum [duplicate]

If one is behind in his reading of Shnayim Mikrah , but isn't in the middle of a Parsha , may he skip to the current week's to be with the Tzibbur? ( sources are appreciated )
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Mnemonic for the names of all parshiot?

Is there a mnemonic device (like an acronym, acrostic, notarikon, poem etc) to remember the Hebrew names of all the parshiot in the order they appear?
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How are parshas dealt with during the leap year's leap month? Also on haftorahs?

The Torah is divided into parshas and read each Shabbat. So during leap year, how is it handled? For haftorahs, same question. Also there are some parashas that are 2ndary to the main ones (...
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The Theme of the Parsha

Someone told me the following: 1) The events of the week correspond to the theme of that week's parsha, 2) The events in the parsha are manifested into the week. Is there a source for this?
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Parshas Chukas: Hitting the rock vs. Talking to the rock

Hashem is angered that Moshe hits the rock instead of following His specific instruction to speak to the rock. “Hashem said to Moshe and Aharon: Because you did not believe in me to sanctify me in the ...
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Is there a volume in English that explicates the relationship between each haftarah and its parsha?

Is there a volume in English that explicates the relationship between each haftarah and its parsha? Failing that, is there series of commentaries on the portions that routinely includes discussion of ...
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What is involved in “shnayim mikro v'echod targum” for someone travelling from outside the land to Israel when the sedrahs are different? [duplicate]

What are the principles involved in “shnayim mikro v'echod targum” for someone travelling from outside the land to Israel when the sedrahs read in those places are different. (I have already asked my ...
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According to Rashi was Shemos 18:13 said right after the first yom kippur or the second?

Rashi to Shemos 18:13 starts by saying: ויהי ממחרת: מוצאי יום הכיפורים היה It came about on the next day: This was the day after Yom Kippur. And then goes on to describe the first Yom Kippur ...
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Why didn't Yaakov see Rachel the night they were married?

The Gemara in Kiddushin says that due to 'Veahavta Lereacha Kamocha' one must look at the Kallah before consummating the marriage. How come Ya'acov didn't see Rachel the night of the wedding? (We ...
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The history of the Parshiot division

The Gemarah does not seem to make much mention of the 54 Torah Parshiot in the annual Torah reading. I don't know, offhand, what Ramba"m mentions about them either. Who organized both the annual and ...
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Did the people who followed the triennial cycle celebrate “Simchat Torah” in the same manner as those who followed the annual cycle?

I noticed this related question that briefly discusses Simchat Torah, but it mainly answers those that follow the annual cycle. People following the annual cycle clebrate Simchat Torah on a Yom Tov (...
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Parshas Korach: What Was Korach Thinking?

The Medrash Tanchuma asks a question regarding the motives of Korach. "Korach was a clever man; what did he see that brought him to such foolishness? The medrash answers "His eyes misled him, for he ...
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What are the rules for when parshiyos are combined? [duplicate]

Seven pairs of parshiyos are combined under certain conditions. For example, Nitzavim and Vayelech are combined whenever the following Rosh Hashanah is on Thursday or Shabbos. What are the rules for ...
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Acharei, or Acharei Mos?

The parshah in Vayikra Chs. 16-18 is often called "Acharei Mos", but sometimes the "Mos" is omitted. Is either version of the name more correct than the other, or did is it minhag-dependent (Ashkenazi ...
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Where do the names of the sedras come from and do they have meaning?

I would like to know where the names for the sedras come from (who named a certain sedra Balak, Emor etc.) and if there is any meaning associated with the naming (as the Lubavitcher Rebbi seems to ...
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Three letters at the end of the parasha

What are the three letters either samechs or pe's which are at the end of the parasha in the Chumash?
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Has anyone seen or heard of a heter not to read shnayim mikrah ve'echad targum?

The given psak by all poskim that I know of seems to be that shnayim mikrah is a total obligation. Is there any source that says otherwise?
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Why is Vayelech read twice in a year?

It is mechanically possible, like this year, that parshas Vayelech is actually read twice in one year - last year it was after Rosh haShanah on Shabbos Shuvah, and this year - together with Nitzavim, ...
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How do we get Parshot and Sefarim within the Chumash?

Aside from the numbered chapters introduced by Christianity, what is the source for dividing the Torah into parshot (weekly Torah reading) and the 5 volumes (Bereishit, Shemot, Vayikra, Bamidbar and ...
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Reading the Parsha when not with a minyan on Shabbat

If one has gone away for shabbat, and does not have access to a synagogue or minyan, to what extent is he obligated in reading from that weeks' Torah portion? Is he not obligated at all? Should he ...
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How long is this week's parasha as compared to others?

We read parashas Ekev today. My kid noted that it's listed as having 111 verses, and asked me whether that's a long parasha. I didn't know where it lies among the parashiyos, so I ask: Where do ...
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How should the items on the noticeboard in the synagogue be arranged?

On a board where the name of the week’s parsha and the relevant additions in the prayers are displayed as shown here for example, is there an order of placing the items accepted by halacha or minhag? ...
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Parasha named after Balak?

I've heard from Harav Mansour Shelit"a as well as other Hachamim that Yitro was rewarded by getting a Parasha named by him. With that in mind, why did Balak get a Parasha named after him?
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Parsha reading gap between Israel and overseas

The 7th of Pesach this year was celebrated in Israel on Friday, and overseas on Friday and Saturday. This caused a discrepancy in Parsha reading between overseas and Israel, since outside Israel the ...
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When Israel and the diaspora are out of sync on parshiyot, why don't we take the first opportunity to re-align?

This year (5772) the seventh day of Pesach is on a Friday, so the diaspora has an 8th day of chag on Shabbat but Israel does not. The diaspora will thus read Sh'mini on April 21, Tazria-Metzora on ...
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Why, in double parshiyos, are the aliyos not simply combined in pairs?

Consider for example the double parshah Vayakhel-Pekudei. The aliyos from the two individual parshiyos are combined as follows: 2, 3, 1, 2, 1, 2, 3. (Meaning: the first two aliyos are combined into ...
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Moshe's Mask and Purim?

Is there a connection between Purim masks and the mask Moshe begins wearing at the end of Parshat Ki Tisa? (see Exodus 34:29-35) It seems too much of a coincidence that it's read near Purim for there ...
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Splitting the Makot

The splitting of the Parshiot usually make, at least, some sense. However, in the next two Parshiot the plagues are split up (7 in the first, 3 in the second). Are there sources on why this may be? ...
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When and why did we start reading the Parshat Hashavua?

My question is twofold: When did we start reading a new parsha (torah portion) every week? Why did we start reading a new parsha (torah portion) every week?