Genesis

The Torah reflections below are listed in order of bible reference and grouped according to the divisions of the Jewish calendar of readings.

The Haftarah reflection refers to the additional reading that accompanies the weekly Torah portion.

Parashat Bereshit | Genesis 1:1 - 6:8

  • Gen 1:1-2:4. The first creation story | Click here & here
  • Gen 1-2. Adam and Eve | Click here & here.
  • Gen 4:1-16. Cain's choice | Click here & here

Haftarah reflection: Isaiah 42:5 - 43:10

Parashat Noah | Genesis 6:9 - 11:32

  • Gen 6. Noah: a righteous man? | Click here & here
  • Gen 7. Noah alone remained | Click here & here
  • Gen 9:1-17. God's post-flood speech | Click here & here.

Haftarah reflection: Isaiah 54:1 - 55:5

Parashat Lekh lekha | Genesis 12:1 - 17:27

  • Gen 12:1-2. Abraham goes forth | Click here & here
  • Gen 12:1-4. Abraham's choice | Click here & here.
  • Gen 16. At home with Sarah | Click here & here

Haftarah reflection: Isaiah 40:27 - 41:16

Parashat Vayera | Genesis 18:1 - 22:24

  • Gen 18.1. Why did God visit Abraham? | Click here & here
  • Gen 18-19. What was Sodom's sin? | Click here & here
  • Gen 22:1-19. The binding of Isaac | Click here & here.

Haftarah reflection: 2 Kings 4:1-37

Parashat Hayei Sarah | Genesis 23:1 - 25:18

  • Gen 23:1-20. A critical business deal | Click here & here.
  • Gen 23-25. Was Abraham changed by Sarah's death? | Click here & here
  • Gen 24. Finding a wife for Isaac | Click here & here

Haftarah reflection: 1 Kings 1:1-31

Parashat Toledot | Genesis 25:19 - 28:9

  • Gen 26. Waters of life | Click here and here
  • Gen 27-28. A complicated family | Click here & here
  • Gen 27-28. Jacob & Esau | Click here & here

Haftarah reflection: Malachi 1:1 - 2:7

Parashat Vayetze | Genesis 28:10 - 32:3

  • Gen 28:10-22. Jacob's ladder | Click here & here
  • Gen 29:1-14. Why did Jacob weep? | Click here & here
  • Gen 29:1-29. Double deception | Click here & here

Haftarah reflection: Hosea 12:13 - 14:10

Parashat Vayishlah | Genesis 32:4 - 36:43

  • Gen 32:4-24. Brothers or battleground? | Click here & here
  • Gen 32:23-33. Jacob's struggle | Click here & here
  • Gen 34. The rape of Dinah | Click here & here

Haftarah reflection: Hosea 11:7 - 12:12

Parashat Vayeshev | Genesis 37:1 - 40:23

  • Gen 37:12-17. The unnamed man | Click here & here
  • Gen 37. Was Joseph to blame? | Click here & here
  • Gen 38. Judah & Tamar | Click here & here

Haftarah reflection: Amos 2:6 - 3:8

Parashat Miketz | Genesis 41:1 - 44:17

  • Gen 41:14-36. Joseph stands his ground | Click here & here
  • Gen 41:37-45.  Joseph & Judah | Click here & here
  • Gen 42:1-43:14. Jacob's dilemma | Click here & here

Haftarah reflection: 1 Kings 3:15 - 4:1

Parashat Vayigash | Genesis 44:18 - 47:27

  • Gen 45:3. A tragic misunderstanding | Click here & here
  • Gen 44:18-45:15. I am Joseph your brother | Click here & here
  • Gen 46:1-7. Jacob's fear | Click here & here

Haftarah reflection: Ezekiel 37:15-28

Parashat Vayechi | Genesis 47:28 - 50:26

  • Gen 47:27-48:4. Jacob's words of blessing |Click here & here
  • Gen 48. Jacob on his deathbed | Click here & here
  • Gen 47; 50:14-26. After Jacob died | Click here & here 

Haftarah reflection: 1 Kings 2:1-12