Yosef’s Torah Commentaries
Every week, our Torah teacher, Joe Snipes, writes an in-depth, anointed commentary on the Torah Parsha. Increase your Torah knowledge and strengthen your walk with Yahweh and His Son, as you see how the scriptures truly did point to Yeshua Ha Mashiach. Click here to go to the list of Torah commentaries.
GTZ Torah Reading Schedule
When Yahweh brought the House of Judah from captivity in Babylon, Ezra and Nehemiah and the men of their generation set to work creating a system to encourage Torah study. They wanted to ensure that the people would not slip into idolatry again. They created a system for the synagogue to ensure that the people heard the Torah read every week.
To this day, Israelites all over the world study a portion of the Torah every Sabbath. Jews read the Torah aloud in synagogues on Sabbaths, Mondays and Thursdays. Monday and Thursday were the ancient market days when rural people came into town. At this time, they also had the opportunity to hear the Word of Yahweh. On Sabbath days, the people assembled according to the commandment.
Since the days of the Apostles, the Torah continues to be read every week in the same manner. An annual lectionary, the Torah reading cycle, allows all Israel, both Judah and Ephraim, to study the same passages of Scripture simultaneously as they work through the Torah from week to week. The lectionary divides the Torah into 2-6 chapter readings for each week. Corresponding readings from the Prophets, called the Haftara, are tacked onto the weekly Torah readings. The reading cycle begins in the fall, after the Feast of Tabernacles, with Genesis 1:1. Approximately twelve months later, it concludes with the last verses of the book of Deuteronomy.
Reading along with the weekly Torah readings is a great way to study through the Torah every year. When you do, you are studying in synchronization with all Israel. Synagogues, study halls, and Messianic congregations all over the world will be examining the same passages of Scripture along with you.
In each of the weekly readings, the portions (Hebrew: parashot) are named after the first word or distinctive phrase in the passage. In the days of the Apostles, the Bible was not divided into chapters and verses. People indicated different scripture passages by referring to the first Hebrew word or phrase of the passage. If a rabbi said, “In the place where it says, ‘After the death of Aaron’s two sons…'” he would be referring to parashat Acharei Mot, Leviticus 16:1-18:30. Acharei Mot means “after the death of.” In the same way, each portion (parasha) of Torah is named after its opening words, and each book of the Torah is named after its opening parasha.