What is Parashat haShavua?
Parashat haShavua means "weekly Torah portion." The Torah (Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible) is divided into 54 weekly readings (this division was made much earlier than the chapter division we're used to today). One portion is read every week in the synagogues. The entire Torah is read in the course of one year in an annual cycle beginning and ending on Simchat Torah.
On the holidays there are other special Torah readings, interrupting the cycle. Some weeks more than one parasha is read, depending on the leap year.
Besides the weekly parashah, there's also a "haftarah" read every week. A haftarah is a small portion from the books of the Prophets (Joshua through 2 Kings and Isaiah through Malachi), linked to the parashah of the same week. There are speculations that the need of these arose in times of persecution, when Torah reading was outlawed.
NT reading – Many different systems of New Testament readings corresponding to the parashot have been suggested by different Messianic Jews over the years, but none has been generally accepted. The NT and Psalms readings suggested on our website are presented through the generosity of http://www.kadosh.se and are under their supervision and responsibility.
Sometimes the portion is different between Israel and the Diaspora. The portions given here are always the readings of Israel. However, there are cases when the Diaspora has special readings that we Israelis "miss out" on. We have therefore chosen to add these Diaspora readings to the regular readings.
This applies every time there is a special haftarah reading. Rather than reading the special haftarah instead of the regular one, we prefer to encourage reading it in addition.
Every single part of God’s holy Torah ultimately points to the Messiah Yeshua. On this page we will direct the reader to where they can find the Messiah in every week’s Torah portion.