Torah: Genesis 25:19-28:9 Haftarah: Malachi 1:1-2:7 New Testament: Romans 9:1-31 The portion Toledot means 'Generations', after the first words of the portion, "And these are the generations of Isaac, Abraham's son." Toledot includes the following stories: Birth of Esau and Jacob Esau sells his birthright Covenant with Isaac confirmed Sojourn in Gerar Dispute about wells Covenant … Continue reading Toledot

Chayeh Sarah

Torah: Genesis 23:1-25:18 Haftarah: I Kings 1:1-31 New Testament: Matthew 1:1-17, I Corinthians 15:50-57 Chaiyeh Sarah, 'the life of Sarah' includes the following stories: Death of Sarah Rebekah chosen for Isaac Laban and Bethuel Isaac meets Rebekah Abraham's Sons Death of Abraham Descendants of Ishmael Death of Ishmael Death of Sarah The portion begins saying … Continue reading Chayeh Sarah


Torah:   Genesis 18:1-22:24 Haftarah:   2 Kings 4:1-37 New Testament:  Luke 1:26-38, 24:35-53, 2 Peter 2:4-11 I'm running late, as per usual! So apologies for that. I will try to  post regularly but I can't promise the topics will be on time. Vayera means 'and he appeared', and covers the following stories: Abraham's angelic visitors Abraham … Continue reading Vayera

Lech Lecha

Readings Torah: Genesis 12:1 - 17:27 Haftarah: Isaiah 40:27-41:16 New Testament: Romans 4:1-24, Galatians 4:21-5:1, Hebrews 7 Note: the New Testament references are suggested by the Hebrews for Christians website. the Complete Jewish Bible and individual Messianic congregations use various different selections - there is no agreed-upon set readings. Apologies for the lateness of this … Continue reading Lech Lecha


Torah: Genesis 6:9 - 11:32 Haftarah: Isaiah 54:1 - 55:5 A note on Bible versions: I use and link to verses and passages primarily in the Authorised King James Version (KJV) simply because I prefer it - I like the sound of the language, I think it is beautiful and easier to memorise than modern … Continue reading Noach


The Bible begins of course with the book of Genesis, the name of which in Hebrew is taken from the first word, 'bereshit' meaning 'in the beginning', which is also the name of the first Torah portion: Torah: Genesis 1:1-6:8 The first six chapters of Genesis are so familiar - the stories of creation, the Fall … Continue reading Bereshit

New Cycle, New Year

The Jewish year ends and begins again with the festival of Simchat Torah - rejoicing in the Torah, which took place at the beginning of the week. I didn't manage to get round to posting anything for the High Holidays of Rosh haShanah, Yom Kippur or Sukkot, as we were moving house. But a new … Continue reading New Cycle, New Year