The Parashot (Parashah is singular) are a schedule of readings in the Torah over a three year period. Many synagogues do so on a one year cycle, but the practice in the time of Yeshua was a 3 year cycle, to which Bat-Tzion has returned. This is not expressly commanded, but is a custom, and one that Yeshua also yielded to, and demonstrated was even prophetic. Since the schedule is the same each year, the portion being read at any given time of year will always be the same year to year. There is a “portion”, [which is what Parashah means] of Torah read on each Shabbat, a portion of the Prophets, called “haftarah,” which means ‘parting,’ and for Messianic Jews, a portion of the Brit Khadashah [The Renewed Covenant, its scriptures] is also read. Each portion has its own name, such as “Parashat B’reshit” [portion of Genesis] the first portion, getting its name from the first word in the portion, “In the beginning.”

In Messiah’s time, it becomes clear the custom of Torah and Haftarah reading was in place, though we cannot know precisely what their Haftarah divisions were to the verse. But, we see the practice as He approached the Bimah to read and the Yesha-Yahu [Isaiah] scroll was handed to him, suggesting that it was time to read from the Isaiah scroll! We believe it was, as Yeshua read a prophecy about Himself when He read! [ Luke 4:16 ]. This was, in all likelihood, the anniversary of His birth, as the custom is that one reads from the Bimah on the anniversary of his birth. Ezra and Nehemiah and the other prophets of their day established a reading schedule, which ensures that if a person attends the Synagogue regularly, he will hear the whole Torah over a period of time, repeatedly for the rest of his life. Ya’akov [James] also alludes to this in Ma’asei HaShlikhim (Acts) 15:21, “For Moshe, since early generations, has those who declare him in the Beit K’nessets (Synagogues) in every city who read him on every Yom Shabbat.” This is what the goal was: to make sure everyone heard/read the Torah completely!

At Bat-Tzion, we do not read the full portion in the Synagogue, but task our members to do so during the week, as we all now have Torah scrolls in our homes! [Bibles]. In the time of Messiah, they did not, so this was the only way to hear/study the Word.

The important part of the Parashah custom is that it is done together. Rebellious people tend to think they do not need the guidance of community, and reject a schedule, as well as other customs which are meant to unify us and give us identity. But, Israel is seen as one man!

Shemot (Exodus) 4:22 “’Thus says יהוה : Yisra’el (The Nation) is My son, My firstborn.”

Tehillim (Psalms) 133 “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in perfect unity!” This is the same concept mentioned in the Shabbat command, of keeping the Sabbath in “all your dwellings [settlements].” What better place to dwell together than in His Word!

Ezrah (Ezra) 3:1 And when the seventh khodesh (Moon) was come, and B’nei Yisra’el (Children of Israel) were in the cities, the people gathered themselves together as one man to Yerushalayim (Jerusalem). A similar event occurs in the Brit Khadashah:

Ma’asei HaShlikhim (Acts) 2:1 “And when the days of Shavu’ot were counted, while they were assembled together…”

There are hundreds of scriptures that speak about unity/unison, crying out in one voice, et cetera, in both “Old and New” testaments. Unity in prayer and in reading, therefore, is not about losing self-identity and autonomy, but recognizing we are not our own, we are bought at a price from slavery just as Israel, and we are part of something greater than the individual. The parashah gets us focused on the Torah together, but leaves us room as individuals to “glean” from the Ruakh HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) what Abba [The Father] would speak. It is indeed a beautiful picture, since we are indeed individuals who are part of one body.

And Messiah honored the custom while He was in Israel.

The Haftarah sections are readings from the Prophets. Ma’asei HaShlikhim (Acts) 13:27 show us that these were also read each Shabbat:

“For inasmuch as the inhabitants of Yerushalayim and their leaders did not understand Him nor the books of the Nevi’im (Prophets) which are read every Yom Shabbat, they condemned Him; but all the things which were written have been fulfilled.”

These readings may differ somewhat according to differing traditions.

The Brit Khadashah readings were established according to subject content and added at a later date, and may differ from teacher to teacher.

The lunar calendar determines the months for Yisrael, which establishes the annual reading cycle as well. The month of the Aviv (first month) determines when the year begins, which means the seasons must be kept in their proper time. For the barley must be ripe for the wave sheaf offering, after the first day of unleavened bread. The extra month of Adar (to expand) is added in the leap year which can be about every third or fourth year. This is determined by the concurrent Aviv and New Moon. If the Aviv and New Moon do not occur together after the 12th moon, second Adar is added, hence a thirteenth moon. By following this calendar we maintain the seasons in their Moedim [appointed times.] This method adds 4 to 5 Shabbatot in the “leap year,” and you may see notes in some of the parashot indicating their individual or combined readings.

Bat-Tzion follows the triennial cycle, so the parashot listed below are further broken up into thirds. Currently, we are in the second Kriyah (rending), the second year of the cycle. [We are in our first cycle of 3 years]

Torah parashah blessing before reading:

Blessed are You, O יהוה our Elohim, King of the Universe, Who has chosen us from all peoples, and has given us Your Torah. Blessed are You O יהוה, giver of the Torah.

After the readings:

This is the Torah which Moshe placed before the children of Yisra’el. It is in accord with the command of יהוה by the hand of Moshe. A tree of life it is for those who take hold of it, and blessed are the ones who support it. Its ways are ways of pleasantness, and all its paths are peace; long life is in its right hand, in its left are riches and honor. יהוה was pleased, for the sake of His Righteousness, to render the Torah GREAT and GLORIOUS.

Parashot (Year 2)

The Parashot (Parashah is singular) are a schedule of readings in the Torah over a three year period. Many synagogues do so on a one year cycle, but the practice in the time of Yeshua was a 7 year cycle, of two, three year cycles followed by a seventh year when the complete parashot is read to which Bat-Tzion has returned. This is not expressly commanded, but is a custom, and one that Yeshua also yielded to, and demonstrated was even prophetic. The table below is for the second year of a 3 year cycle.

Torah Parashot

(Direction Portions)

Haftarah Parashot

(Parting Portions)

Brit Khadashah

(Renewed Covenant)
(1) B'reshit (In The Beginning)
B'reshit (Genesis) 2:4 - 4:26
Yesha-Yahu (Isaiah) 42:5-43:10Yokhanan (John) 1:1-18
(02) No'akh (No'akh)
B'reshit 8:15-10:32
Yesha-Yahu (Isaiah) 54:1-55:5Matti (Matthew) 24:36-44
Luka (Luke) 1:5-80
(03) Lekh L'kha (For Yourself, Go)
B'reshit 14:1 - 15:21
Yesha-Yahu (Isaiah) 40:27-41:16 Romim (Matthew) 3:19-5:6
Matti (Matthew) 1:1-17
(04) Va'Yera (And יהוה Appeared)
B'reshit 19:1 - 20:18
Melakhim Bet (2nd Kings) 4:1-37Ya'akov (James) 2:14-24
Luka (Luke) 2:1-38
(05) Khayei (Life of Sarah)
B'reshit 24:10-52
Melakhim Aleph (1st Kings) 1:1-31Matti (Matthew) 2:1-23; 8:19-22
Luka (Luke) 9:57-62
(06) Toldot (Generations)
B'reshit 26:23 - 27:27
Malakhi (Malachi) 1:1-2:7Romim (Romans) 9:6-16
Luka (Luke) 3:1-18
(07) VaYetzei (And He Went Out)
B'reshit 30:14 - 31:16
Hoshe'ah (Hosea) 12:13-14:10Yokhanan (John) 1:43-51
Matti (Matthew) 3:13-4:11
(08) VaYishlakh (And He Sent)
B'reshit 34:1 - 35:15
Ovad-Yah (Obadiah) 1:1-21Korinti’im Alef (1st Corinthians) 5:1-13
Yokhanan (John) 1:19-2:12
(09) VaYeshev (And He Dwelt)
B'reshit 38:1-30
Amos (Amos) 2:6-3:8Ma’asei HaShlikhim (Acts [of] The Apostles) 7:9-16
Yokhanan (John) 2:13-4:42
(10) MiKetz (At The End)
B'reshit 41:53 - 43:15
Melakhim Aleph (1st Kings) 3:15-4:1Ma’asei HaShlikhim (Acts [of] The Apostles) 7:37-50
Luka (Luke) 4:16-31
(11) VaYigash (Then He Came Near)
B'reshit 45:28 - 46:27
Yekhezkel (Ezekiel) 37:15-28Yokhanan (John) 10:11-19
Yokhanan (John) 4:16-31
(12) VaYekhi (And He Lived)
B'reshit 49:1-26
Melakhim Aleph (1st Kings) 2:1-12Luka (Luke) 4:31-5:11
Kefa Alef (1st Peter) 1:19, 2:11-17
Ivrim (Hebrews) 11:21-22
(13) Shemot (The Names)
Shemot (Exodus) 3:1-4:17
Yesha-Yahu (Isaiah) 27:6-29:23Luka (Luke) 5:12-39
Yokhanan (John) 17:1-26
(14) Va'Eirah (And I Appeared)
Shemot 7:8-8:15
Yekhezkel (Ezekiel) 28:25-29:21Romim (Romans) 9:14-17
Korinti’im Bet (2nd Corinthians) 6:14-7:1
Matti (Matthew) 12:1-14
(15) Bo (Come)
Shemot 11:4-12:28
Yirme-Yahu (Jeremiah) 46:13-28Hitgalut (Revelation) 19:1-16
Yokhanan-Markos ([John- ] Mark) 3:7-19
(16) B’Shalakh (When He Let Go)
Shemot 14:15-16:10
Shoftim (Judges) 4:4-5:31Hitgalut (Revelation) 15:1-8
Matti (Matthew) 5:1-48
(17) Yitro (Yitro)
Shemot 19:1-20:22
Yesha-Yahu (Isaiah) 6:1-7:14
Yesha-Yahu (Isaiah) 9:5-6
Timoteus Alef (1st Timothy) 3:1-13
Matti (Matthew) 6:1-8:1
(18) Mishpatim (Mishpatim)
Shemot 22:4-23:19
Yirme-Yahu (Jeremiah) 31:30-34
Yirme-Yahu (Jeremiah) 34:8-22
Luka (Luke) 7:1-8:3
Ivrim (Hebrews) 9:15-22
(19) Terumah (An Offering)
Shemot 26:1-30
Melakhim Aleph (1st Kings) 5:12-6:13Matti (Matthew) 13:1-53
Ivrim (Hebrews) 8:1-13
(20) Tetzaveh (You Shall Command)
Shemot 28:31-29:18
Yekhezkel (Ezekiel) 43:10-27Yokhanan-Markos ([John- ] Mark) 4:35-5:43
Filipim (Philippians) 4:10-20
(21) Ki Tissa (When You Take)
Shemot 31:18-33:11
Melakhim Aleph (1st Kings) 18:1-39Matti (Matthew) 9:35-11:1
Korinti’im Bet (2nd Corinthians) 3:1-8
(22) VaYake'hel (And He Assembled)
Shemot 37:17-38:20
Melakhim Aleph (1st Kings) 7:40-50Yokhanan-Markos ([John- ] Mark) 6:14-29
Ivrim (Hebrews) 9:1-14
(23) Pekudei (The Accounts Of)
Shemot 38:21-39:21
Melakhim Aleph (1st Kings) 7:51-8:21Yokhanan (John) 6:1-71
Ma’asei HaShlikhim (Acts [of] The Apostles) 1:1-11
(24) VaYikra (And יהוה Called)
VaYikra (Leviticus) 3:1-4:26
Yesha-Yahu (Isaiah) 43:21-44:23Romim (Romans) 8:1-13
Yokhanan-Markos ([John- ] Mark) 7:1-30
(25) Tzav (Command)
VaYikra 7:11-38
Yirme-Yahu (Jeremiah) 7:21-8:3
Yirme-Yahu (Jeremiah) 9:22-23
Yokhanan-Markos ([John- ] Mark) 7:31-8:38
Romim (Romans) 12:1-8
(26) Sh’mini (Eighth)
VaYikra 10:12-11:32
Shmu’el Bet (2nd Samuel) 6:1-7:17Yokhanan-Markos ([John- ] Mark) 7:1-23
Yokhanan-Markos ([John- ] Mark) 9:1-13
(27) Tazria (Woman Conceives)
VaYikra 3:40-59
Melakhim Bet (2nd Kings) 4:42-5:19Matti (Matthew) 8:1-4
Luka (Luke) 17:11-19
(28) Metzorah (Leper)
VaYikra 14:1-32
Melakhim Bet (2nd Kings) 7:3-20Yokhanan-Markos ([John- ] Mark) 5:24-34
(29) Akharei Mot (After The Death)
VaYikra 17:8-18:30
Yesha-Yahu (Isaiah) 52:13-53:12

The Haftarah was changed by the Rabbinic leaders, as it reveals the coming one, Yeshua HaMashiakh.
Ivrim (Hebrews) 7:23-10:25
Yokhanan (John) 7:1-53
(30) K’doshim (Set-Apart Ones)
VaYikra 19:1-14
Yekhezkel (Ezekiel) 22:1-19
Amos (Amos) 9:7-15
Ma’asei HaShlikhim (Acts [of] The Apostles) 15:1-21
Yokhanan (John) 8:1-10:21
(31) Emor (Speak)
VaYikra 22:17-23-22
Yekhezkel (Ezekiel) 44:15-31Luka (Luke) 11:1-12:59
Kolossim (Colossians) 2:11-23
(32) B'har (In Har Sinai)
VaYikra 25:29-26:2
Yirme-Yahu (Jeremiah) 32:6-27Luka (Luke) 4:16-21
Galatim (Galatians) 5:1-13
(33) B’khukotai (In My Khukot)
VaYikra 26:3-27:15
Yirme-Yahu (Jeremiah) 16:19-17:14Efisim (Ephesians) 2:11-19
Luka (Luke) 14:1-15:32
(34) BaMidbar (In The Wilderness)
BaMidbar (Numbers) 2:1-3:13
Hoshe'ah (Hosea) 2:1-22Hitgalut (Revelation) 7:1-17
Luka (Luke) 16:1-17:10
(35) Naso (Take)
BaMidbar 5:11-6:27
Shoftim (Judges) 13:2-25Ma’asei HaShlikhim (Acts [of] The Apostles) 21:17-32
Yokhanan (John) 11:1-54
(36) B’ha’alotkha (When You Light)
BaMidbar 9:15-10:34
Zekharyah (Zechariah) 2:14-4:7Ivrim (Hebrews) 4:1-16
Luka (Luke) 17:11-18:14
(37) Sh’lakh L'kha (Send For Yourself)
BaMidbar 13:1-15:41
Yehoshua (Joshua) 2:1-24Ivrim (Hebrews) 3:6-19
Yokhanan-Markos ([John- ] Mark) 10:1-45
(38) Korakh (Korakh)
BaMidbar 16:20-17:24
Shum'el Alef (1st Samuel) 11:14-12:22Yehudah (Jude) 1-25
Luka (Luke) 18:35-19:28
(39) Khukat (The Statute Of)
BaMidbar 20:1-21:10
Shoftim (Judges) 11:1-33Yokhanan (John) 3:9-21
Matti (Matthew) 21:1-17
(40) Balak (Balak)
BaMidbar 22:39-23:26
Mikah (Micah) 5:6-6:8Kefa Bet (2nd Peter) 2:1-22
Yokhanan-Markos ([John- ] Mark) 11:12-26
(41) Pin'khas (Pin'khas)
BaMidbar 26:52-28:15
Melakhim Aleph (1st Kings) 18:46-19:21Ma’asei HaShlikhim (Acts [of] The Apostles) 2:1-21
Yokhanan-Markos ([John- ] Mark) 11:27-12:37
(42) Matot (The Tribes)
BaMidbar 32:1-42
Yirme-Yahu (Jeremiah) 1:1-2:3Matti (Matthew) 5:33-37
Matti (Matthew) 23:1-39
(43) Masei (Stages Of)
BaMidbar 33:1-49
Yirme-Yahu (Jeremiah) 2:4-4:2Ya'akov (James) 4:1-12
Matti (Matthew) 24:1-25:46
(44) D’varim (The Words)
D'varim (Deuteronomy) 2:2-30
Yesha-Yahu (Isaiah) 1:1-27Yokhanan (John) 15:1-11
Yokhanan-Markos ([John- ] Mark) 14:1-16
(45) Va’Etkhanan (And I Sought Favor)
D'varim 5:1-6:25
Yesha-Yahu (Isaiah) 40:1-26Matti (Matthew) 4:1-11
Yokhanan-Markos ([John- ] Mark) 12:28-34
Luka (Luke) 22:13-38
(46) Ekev (Because)
D'varim 9:4-10:11
Yesha-Yahu (Isaiah) 49:14-51:3
Yesha-Yahu (Isaiah) 52:1-15
Luka (Luke) 4:1-13
Yokhanan (John) 13:31-15:27
(47) Re’eh (See)
D'varim 12:29-14:29
Yesha-Yahu (Isaiah) 44:11-45:5
Yesha-Yahu (Isaiah) 54:11-55:5
Yokhanan Alef (1st John) 2:18-25
Yokhanan Alef (1st John) 4:1-6
Yokhanan (John) 16:1-17:26
(48) Shoftim (Shoftim)
D'varim 18:6-19:13
Yesha-Yahu (Isaiah) 9:1-6
Yesha-Yahu (Isaiah) 49:1-6
Yesha-Yahu (Isaiah) 51:12-52:12
Ma’asei HaShlikhim (Acts [of] The Apostles) 7:35-60
Matti (Matthew) 26:47-27:10
(49) Ki Tetzeh (When You Go Forth)
D'varim 23:8-24:13
Yesha-Yahu (Isaiah) 40:1-11
Yesha-Yahu (Isaiah) 54:1-10
Yokhanan-Markos ([John- ] Mark) 1:1-15
Luka (Luke) 23:1-25
(50) Ki Tavo (When you come)
D'varim 26:12-28:6
Yesha-Yahu (Isaiah) 60:1-22Matti (Mathew) 13:1-23
Luka (Luke) 23:26-56
(51) Nitzavim (You Are Standing)
D'varim 29:9-30:20
Yesha-Yahu (Isaiah) 61:10-63:9Romim (Romans) 9:30-10:13
Luka (Luke) 24:1-12
Luka (Luke) 24:44-45
(52) Vayelekh (And He Went)
D'varim 31:1 - 30
Yesha-Yahu (Isaiah) 55:6-56:8
Hoshe'ah (Hosea) 14:2-10
Ivrim (Hebrews) 13:5-8
Matti (Matthew) 28:16-20
Luka (Luke) 24:13-43
(53) Ha’Azinu (Give Ear)
D'varim 32:1 - 52
Yo'el (Joel) 2:15-27
Shmu'el Bet (2nd Samuel) 22:1-51
Romim (Romans) 10:14-21
Yokhanan (John) 20:26-21:25
Matti (Matthew) 27:11-28:20
(P1) Pesakh (Passover: Haggadah - The Telling)
Seder and first day of unleavened bread begins evening of the 14th
Shabbat Shabbaton (High Sabbath) through the evening of the 15th
Shemot (Exodus) 12:21-51
D'varim (Deuteronomy) 16 (spec. v8)
BaMidbar (Numbers) 28:16-25
Yehoshua (Joshua) 3:5-7, 5:2-6:1, 6:27
Yesha-Yahu (Isaiah) 52:13-53:12
Matti (Matthew) 26-28 (spec. 26:17-32)
Yokhanan-Marcos ([John- ] Mark) 14-16 (spec. 14:12-25)
Luka (Luke) 2:41-52
Luka (Luke) 22:1-24:53
Yokhanan (John) 13:1-21:25
(KM) Khag Matzot (Festival of Unleavened Bread)
The night of the 15th commemorates the day HaIvrim (The Israelites) left Mitzrayim (Egypt) and is the 2nd night of unleavened bread.
Shemot (Exodus) 33:12-34:25
VaYikra (Leviticus) 22:26-23:44
Melakhim Bet (2nd Kings) 23:1-9, 21-25Yokhanan-Marcos ([John- ] Mark) 14:12-25
Yokhanan (John) 18:28-40
Korinti’im Alef (1st Corinthians) 5:6-8
(MS) Khag Matzot Shabbat (Weekly Shabbat during Unleavened Bread)
The Pesakh season helps us recall the renewing of our freedom in Yeshua (Salvation)
Shemot (Exodus) 33:12-34:25
BaMidbar (Numbers) 28:17-25
Yekhezkel (Ezekiel) 36:37-37:14Yokhanan-Marcos ([John- ] Mark) 14:12-25
Yokhanan (John) 21:1-25
(B) Bikkurim (First Fruits)
Wave Sheaf Offering
The first day of the week following Pesakh
and the day Yeshua HaMashiakh rose from the dead
VaYikra(Leviticus) 23:9-16
Yehoshua (Joshua) 5:1-12Korinti’im Alef (1st Corinthians) 15:1-26
(P7) Pesakh Sheva (Passover 7th Day)
The Pesakh season helps us recall the renewing of our freedom in Yeshua (Salvation).
Shabbat Shabbaton (High Sabbath)

Shemot (Exodus) 13:17-15:27
BaMidbar (Numbers) 28:17-25
D'varim (Deuteronomy)15:19-16:17
D'varim (Deuteronomy) 26:1-19
Yesha-Yahu (Isaiah) 10:32-12:6Yokhanan (John) 21:1-25
Korinti’im Alef (1st Corinthians) 10:1-16
(KS) Khag Shavu'ot (Festival of Weeks)
First day of the week, seven weeks after Bikkurim
Shabbat Shabbaton

Shemot (Exodus) 19:1-20:26
VaYikra(Leviticus) 23:16-22
BaMidbar (Numbers) 28:26-31
D'varim (Deuteronomy)16:9-12
D'varim (Deuteronomy) 26:1-19
Ma’asei HaShlikhim (Acts [of] The Apostles) 2:1-47
(YT) Yom Teru'ah (Day of the Awakening Blast)
B'reshit 21:1-22:24
BaMidbar 29:1-6
Shabbat Shabbaton
Yesha-Yahu (Isaiah) 26:1-27:13Matti (Matthew) 24:26-51
Hitgalut (Revelation)19:1-21
(YK) Yom HaKippurim (Day of Atonements)
VaYikra 16:1-34 and 23:1-44
BaMidbar 29:7-11

Shabbat Shabbaton (High Sabbath)
Yesha-Yahu (Isaiah) 53:8-12
Yonah (Jonah) 1:1-4:11
Yokhanan Alef (1st John) 1:1-2:2
Ivrim (Hebrews) 7:1-10:39
(SK) Khag Sukkot 1 (Festival of Tabernacles)
Sukkot 1st Day
Shabbat Shabbaton (High Sabbath)
VaYikra (Leviticus) 22:26-23:44
BaMidbar 29:12-16
Zekhar-Yah (Zechariah) 14:16-21
Tehillim (Psalms) 122:1-9
Tehillim (Psalms) 123:1-4
Tehillim (Psalms) 124:1-8
Matti (Matthew) 17:1-27
(SS) Khag Sukkot Shabbat (Festival of Tabernacles)
Weekly Shabbat during Sukkot
Shemot (Exodus) 33:12-34:26
BaMidbar (Numbers) 29:17-31
Zekhar-Yah (Zechariah) 14:16-21
Tehillim (Psalms) 122:1-9
Tehillim (Psalms) 123:1-4
Tehillim (Psalms) 124:1-8
Hitgalut (Revelation) 21:1-27
(ST) Simkhat Torah (Rejoicing in the Torah)
Sh'mini Atzeret (Eighth Festivity of Sukkot)
Shabbat Shabbaton
V’zot HaBerakha (And this is the Blessing)
D'varim 33:1-34:12
Yehoshua (Joshua) 1:1-18
Yesha-Yahu (Isaiah) 25:7-9
Yesha-Yahu (Isaiah) 26:19
Hitgalut (Revelation) 22:1-21
Yokhanan (John) 12:48-50
Matti (Matthew) 17:1-9
Yehudah (Jude) 1:8-9