I wish it weren’t so, but I kinda fell out of the blogosphere for a bit. I could list the reasons why, but I won’t waste your time, I’ll just apologize and move on, sorry.
So, where are we? We’ve done two full challenges so far, a blessing challenge and a tzedakah challenge. Currently, we are in the midst of a Torah reading challenge. The idea here is to read a section of the weekly Torah portion everyday. Thankfully, the rabbis already break the portion up into nice, digestible chunks and there just happen to be seven in each portion. If you don’t own a Torah translation (chumash), don’t worry, there are plenty of translations online. You may not get the most recent JPS translation, but you’ll get the gist.
For a nice and easy guide to the weekly breakdown of the seven sections (these are actually the aliyot that are read each shabbat in synagogues around the world), just visit Hebcal.com When you visit this site, you’ll notice that all the Torah portions are listed. Next to each portion, there is the date that it is read in most synagogues. Remember, although most of us are familiar with the Torah reading on Shabbat, the Torah portion is read throughout the entire week leading up to that Shabbat. For instance, this weeks Torah portion is Vayechi and it will be read on Saturday, December 29th, but it is technically the Torah portion for this entire week.
Once the Torah portion is located, just click on it and a screen that looks like this should come up.
Don’t worry about any of the columns except for the first one, “Full Kriyah.” Here you will see the chapter and verses for each of the seven aliyot for the week’s Torah portion. What is even better, if you just click on the hyperlink, you will be transported to another website where you can read the section for the day.
So, give it a shot, go ahead and read a bit of the weekly Torah portion every day.
Don’t forget, send me some reflections on the portion as you read it!