From the time of Moses, God commanded that His Torah be read publicly and emphasized our responsibility to both learn His word and to teach it diligently.  Indeed the Jewish people are often referred to as “The People of The Book.”  When Ezra led the Israelites back from the Babylonian Exile, he began the tradition of the weekly reading of the five books of Moses, or Torah.  The men of the Great Assembly formalized the set schedule of Torah portions that we follow today. Study of these Parashot (or portions) along with portions of the books of the Prophets and Psalms (Haftarah) have been an enduring tradition that has been key to keeping the Jewish people focused on God even after thousands of years after exile.

When our Messiah walked the earth the Torah portions had already been well established. We are given a glimpse of this in Luke chapter 4 when  Y’shua began his ministry in the synagogue in Nazareth by participating in the public reading of the Haftarah for that week.

At Beth Sar Shalom we study the Torah, Haftarah, and New Covenant Scriptures each week according to the ancient yearly Parashot schedule.  Studying the Parashot is more than simply reading.  It gives us glimpses of Y’shua even before His earthly ministry and it helps us to understand the “Lev,” the heart of God as manifested in Y’shua of Nazareth.  Even more than that, it produces unity in the assembly of believers, the kahal, the Israel of God.  Come join us each week as we discover  Y’shua in the Torah and the Prophets as his disciples did on the road to Emmaus.

This Week’s Parashot Reading  


Saturday, February 20th

Exodus 25:1-27:19
I Kings 5:26-6:13
Brit Chadashah
2 Corinthians 9:1-15 & Matthew 5:33-37
Join us on Saturday mornings at 9 a.m. in Room C3!