Fox Bytes 5775 (2014-2015) – A Year of Torah Commentary

Jesus Unrolls the Book in the Synagogue James Tissot Brooklyn Museum
Jesus Unrolls the Book in the Synagogue
James Tissot

The Jewish approach to Scripture is to read through the Torah (the books of Moses:  Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy) in weekly portions, combined with selections from the Haftorah, which are selected readings from the Prophets and other books of the Tanakh (Old Testament).  The Torah cycle begins after the Fall Feasts of Rosh Hashanah (Head of the Year/Trumpets), Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), and Sukkot (Tabernacles) and goes through the entire Hebrew year to the next occurrence of the Fall Feasts.  This year (Hebrew year 5775; Gregorian year 2014-2015) the cycle begins the week of October 12-18.[1]  Fox Bytes follows this weekly Torah and Haftorah reading cycle as the basis for commentary and teaching, drawing as well from the Apostolic Writings (New Testament) to inform, exhort, and encourage readers, and demonstrate the unity of the entire Word of God.

Genesis (Beresheet)

1.  Beresheet (In The Beginning).  Genesis 1:1-6:8; Isaiah 42:5-43:11.

2.  Noach (Rest).  Genesis 6:9-11:32; Isaiah 54:1-55:5.

3.  Lech Lecha (Get Yourself).  Genesis 12:1-17:27; Isaiah 40:27-41:16.

4.  VaYera (And He Appeared).  Genesis 18:1-22:24; I Kings 4:1-37.

5.  Chayei Sarah (Life of Sarah).  Genesis 23:1-25:18; I Kings 1:1-31.

6.  Toldot (Generations).  Genesis 25:19-28:9; Malachi 1:1-2:7.

7.  VaYetze (And He Went Out).  Genesis 28:10-32:2; Hosea 12:12-14:9.

8.  VaYishlach (And He Sent).  Genesis 32:3-36:43; Obadiah 1; Hosea 11:7-12:11.

9.  VaYeshev (And He Settled).  Genesis 37:1-40:23; Amos 2:6-3:8; Zechariah 2:10-4:7.

10. Miketz (At The End Of).  Genesis 41:1-44:17; I Kings 3:15-4:1, 7:40-50.

11.  VaYigash (And He Drew Near).  Genesis 44:18-47:27; Ezekiel 37:15-28.

12.  VaYechi (And He Lived).  Genesis 47:28-50:26; I Kings 2:1-12.

Exodus (Shemot)

13.  Shemot (Names).  Exodus 1:1-6:1; Isaiah 27:6-28:13, 29:22-23.

14.  Va’Era (And I Appeared).  Exodus 6:2-9:35; Ezekiel 28:25-29:21.

15.  Bo (Go).  Exodus 10:1-13:16; Jeremiah 46:13-28.

16.  Beshalach (When He Let Go).  Exodus 13:17-17:16, Judges 4:4-5:31.

17.  Yitro (Jethro).  Exodus 18:1-20:26, Isaiah 6:1-7:5, 9:6-7.

18.  Mishpatim (Ordinances).  Exodus 21:1-24:18; Jeremiah 33:25-26, 34:8-22.

19.  Terumah (Offerings).  Exodus 25:1-27:19; I Kings 5:12-6:13.

20.  Tetzaveh (You Shall Command).  Exodus 27:20-30:10; Ezekiel 43:10-27.

21.  Ki Tisa (When You Elevate).  Exodus 30:11-34:35; I Kings 18:1-39.

22/23.  Vayakhel (And He Assembled); Pekudei (Accounts Of).  Exodus 30:11-34:35; I Kings 18:1-39.

Leviticus (Vayikra)

24.  Vayikra (He Called).  Leviticus 1:1-6:7; Isaiah 43:21-44:23.

25.  Tzav (Command).  Leviticus 6:8-8:36; Jeremiah 7:21-8:3, 9:23-24.

26.  Shmini (Eighth).  Leviticus 9:1-11:47, II Samuel 6:1-7-7:17.

27/28.  Tazria (Leprosy) / Metzora (Cleansing the Leper).  Leviticus 12:1-15:33; II Kings 4:42-5:19, 7:3-20.

29/30.  Achrei Mot (After the Death); Kedoshim (Holy Ones).  Leviticus 16:1-20:27; Ezekiel 20:2-20, 22:1-19; Amos 9:7-15.

31.  Emor (Say).  Leviticus 21:1-24:23; Ezekiel 44:15-31.

32/33.  Behar (On the Mount); Bechukotai (In My Statutes).  Leviticus 25:1-27:34; Jeremiah 16:19-17:14, 32:6-27.

Bamidbar (Numbers)

34.  Bamidbar (In the Wilderness).  Numbers 1:1-4:20; Hosea 2:1-20.

35.  Nasso (Elevate).  Numbers 4:21-7:89; Judges 13:2-25.

36.  Beha’alotcha (In Your Going Up).  Numbers 8:1-12:16; Zechariah 2:10-4:7.

37.  Sh’lach L’cha (Send For Yourself).  Numbers 13:1-15:41; Joshua 2:1-24.

38.  Korach (Korah).  Numbers 16:1-18:32; I Samuel 11:14-12:22.

39.  Chukat (Decree Of).  Numbers 19:1-21:20; Judges 11:1-33.

40.  Balak.  Numbers 22:2-25:9; Micah 5:7-6:8.

41.  Pinchas (Phinehas).  Numbers 25:10-29:40; I Kings 18:46-19:21.

42-43.  Mattot (Tribes); Massei (Stages).  Numbers 30:2-36:13; Jeremiah 1:1-2:28, 3:4, 4:1-2.

D’varim (Deuteronomy)

44.  D’varim (Words).  Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22; Isaiah 1:1-27.

45.  Va’etchanan (And I Pleaded).  Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11; Isaiah 40:1-26.

46.  Eikev (Because).  Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25; Isaiah 49:14-51:3.

47.  Re’eh (See).  Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17; Isaiah 54:11-55:5.

48.  Shoftim (Judges).  Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9; Isaiah 51:12-53:12.

49.  Ki Tetze (When You Go Out).  Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19; Isaiah 54:1-10.

50.  Ki Tavo (When You Enter In).  Deuteronomy 26:1-29:9; Isaiah 60:1-22.

51.  Nitzavim (You Are Standing).  Deuteronomy 29:10-30:20; Isaiah 61:10-63:9.

52.  Vayelech (And He Went).  Deuteronomy 31:1-30; Hosea 14:1-9, Micah 7:18-20, Joel 2:15-27.

53.  Ha’azinu (Give Ear).  Deuteronomy 32:1-52; II Samuel 22:1-51.

54.  V’Zot Habrachah (This is the blessing).  Deuteronomy 33:1-34:12, Joshua 1:1-18.

Moedim (Feasts of the Lord)

Pesach (Passover).  Exodus 12:21-51; Isaiah 10:32-12:6.

Matzot (Unleavened Bread).  Exodus 13:1-16, 33:12-34:26; Leviticus 23:4-8; Numbers 28:16-31; Ezekiel 36:37-37:14.

[1] The Barking Fox offers a free Bible reading plan which covers the weekly Torah and Haftorah portions, and takes the reader through the rest of the Bible in a year, beginning with the first Torah portion, Beresheet (In the Beginning).  Please click here to download the Bible reading plan:  TBF Bible Readings 5775 (PDF)

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One thought on “Fox Bytes 5775 (2014-2015) – A Year of Torah Commentary”

  1. One of the things I LOVE about a genuinely messianic worship service is that the Word gets read aloud and then discussed (midrash). At our congregation, our leader gives side notes, leads discussion and directs us to other portions of scripture that have bearing on the subject at hand – he doesn’t really preach, because the Word can speak for itself!! The rest of the service is worship and prayer – so during the entire meeting, the focus stays on YHVH and His Word, rather than on a leader and his ideas. Praise Yah! Thanks so much for posting this – many have no idea of the blessings to be found in reading the scriptures with an organized plan.

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