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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]


(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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Devarim is part of the parashah, a weekly Torah portion read during prayer services.
When Tara accidentally burns a hole in her nani's sari and asks her rabbi tough questions about her bat mitzvah parashah, she sees that, with some attention and compromise, she can enjoy the best that everyone brings to her world.
Jacob Neusner, Judaism and Scripture: The Evidence of Leviticus Rabbah (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1986), Parashah Twelve, XII:I, 16.
Notes and Remarks On the Weekly Parashah, translated by Shmuel Himelstein.
Take, for a random example, the parashah of Yitro for the Shabbat during which I am typing these words, the commentary by Rabbi Dan Ehrenkranz, president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia.
Parashah 19 on Parshat Hukat Moshe in Expositions on the weekly Torah Reading, Aryeh Mirkin, Ed.
Her mother was learned in Hebrew and stuidied the weekly parashah with the commentaries of Rashi and ibn Ezra on Shabbat.
The American Rabbinate: A Century of Continuity and Change, T883-1983 (Hoboken, 1985) (these articles appeared originally in American Jewish Archives 35[2] [1983]); Jacob Neusner, Understanding Rabbinic Judaism, From Talmudic to Modern Times (New York, 1974); Simon Schwarzfuchs, Etudes sur l'origine et le developpement du rabbinat au Moyan Age (Paris, 1957); Azriel Shochat, Mosad "Harabanut Mita'am" Berusyah: Parashah Bema'avak Hatarbut bein Haredim Lebein Maskilim (Haifa, 1975); Shaul Stampfer, Hayeshivah Halitait Bebithavutah (Jerusalem, 1995).
Unusually, these sermons do not deal (other than at the beginning of the sermon) with the subject of the corresponding Parashah, but are each devoted to ritualistic popularisation.
The editors acknowledge this multiplicity of views, for each parashah has a section termed "Another View" (see below).
The broad concern with the earth that is established in the first parashah remains.
The text between two blank spaces is called a Parashah,