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(ˈpærəˌʃɑː; Hebrew paraˈʃa)
n, pl -shoth (-ˌʃəʊt; Hebrew -ˈʃɔt)
1. (Judaism) any of the sections of the Torah read in the synagogue
2. (Judaism) any of the subsections of the weekly lessons read on Sabbaths in the synagogue
Also called (Yiddish): Parsha
[from Hebrew, from pārāsh to divide, separate]
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(ˈpɑr əˌʃɑ)

n., pl. pa•ra•shoth, pa•ra•shot (ˌpɑr əˈʃoʊt)
1. a portion of the Torah read in the synagogue on the Sabbath and holy days.
2. a selection from such a portion.
[1620–30; < Hebrew pārāshāh literally, section, division]
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Want to keep up with the weekly parshah, but don't want to spend your Saturday morning at services?
(8) As Parshah Beshalach 13:17 of Exodus (the fourth weekly chapter in annual reading of the Torah) tells us, there were two possible routes to freedom: one a straight, strategic route (peshuta), the other more dangerous, indirect, 'crooked' (me'ukum).
This structure operates through the Torah's 295 parshiyot (paragraphs), each delineated on a scroll by open spacing to the left margin at the end of the parshah (paragraph).
18, will be Parshah: Mishpatim (Sh'kalim), Exodus 21:1-24:18.
Rabbi Asher Brander, who has taught in Yeshiva High Schools for more than twenty years, presents Teachings: In depth Reflections on the Parshah, an English language core curriculum of the classic Jewish study hall (the Beit Midrash).
Though not gematria (a numerological method of interpretation based on the fact that Hebrew letters also serve as numbers), the form still reflects the Jewish tendency to see numbers as embodying spiritual principles, a notion that may also be operative in the late, numerically obsessed poetry of Louis Zukofsky, to whom Lazer dedicates one of his "double portions." The idea of the "portion" itself comes directly from the Shabbat service, where each week a "portion" (parshah) of the Torah is read aloud, scrupulously studied, and opened to often highly imaginative interpretation.
Because a single parshah is generally either all law (4) or all narrative, our initial sense of a lack of pattern comes from disparities between consecutive parshiyot.
(94) Yanki Tauber, The Cosmic Twins." a Parshah Overview, from the Chassidic Masters.
It tapers off to "and so goes the entire parshah" (or etc.), while Israel's current predicament and aspiration for peace are accentuated by a threefold supplicatory repetition of "and we shall be privileged, and we shall live (survive) and we shall see eye to eye." In Agnon's formulation the sanctification of God is for the sake of Israel and in fact is measured by Israel's fortunes.
Throughout, a variety of elegant solutions are used to deal with the special issues related to vocalization, trope, chapter notations, verse notations, parshah divisions, and aliyot.
This uniquely Jewish cookbook imaginatively pairs Torah and food to explain the weekly parshah (Torah portion) beginning with Genesis, where a black-and-white cookie recipe complements a discussion of God separating light and darkness.
"Torah Tapestries: Words of Wisdom Woven from the Weekly Parshah" is a collection of wisdom from Shira Smiles as she seeks to help Jewish readers reconnect with their own faith in life keep in touch the weekly torah reading important.