Parsha Summaries Index

This is an index of the parsha summaries that I’ve written on every parsha of the Torah.

It’s not clear when the Torah was divided into parshiot. It seems that these divisions predate the Mishnah.

The names of the parshiot are usually based on the first significant word in the section.

The division of the Torah into chapters was done about 800 years ago by non-Jewish scholars. The chapters have no significance in Jewish law or interpretation of the Torah. Jews continue to use them until today merely as a matter of convenience.

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Bereshit - Genesis man and stars

I. Book of Bereshit / Genesis

1. Bereshit 146 verses from Bereshit / Genesis 1:1 – 6:8
2. Noach 153 verses from 6:9 – 11:32
3. Lech Lecha 126 verses from 12:1 – 17:27
4. Vayeira 147 verses from 18:1 – 22:24
5. Chayei Sarah 105 verses from 23:1 – 25:18
6. Toldot 106 verses from 25:19 – 28:9
7. Vayeitzei 148 verses from 28:10 – 32:3
8. Vayishlach 154 verses from 32:4 – 36:43
9. Vayeishev 112 verses from 37:1 – 40:23
10. Mikeitz 146 verses from 41:1 – 44:17
11. Vayigash 106 verses from 44:18 – 47:27
12. Vayechi 85 verses from 47:28 – 50:26

Bereshit totals: 12 parshiot in 50 chapters with 1,534 verses

burning bush for Parashat Shemot

II. Book of Shemot / Exodus

1. Shemot 124 verses from Shemot / Exodus 1:1 – 6:1
2. Vaeira 121 verses from 6:2 – 9:35
3. Bo 105 verses from 10:1 – 13:16
4. Beshalach 116 verses from 13:17 – 17:16
5. Yitro 72 verses from 18:1 – 20:23
6. Mishpatim 118 verses from 21:1 – 24:18
7. Terumah 96 verses from 25:1 – 27:19
8. Tetzaveh 101 verses from 27:20 – 30:10
9. Ki Tisa 139 verses from 30:11 – 34:35
10. Vayakhel 122 verses from 35:1 – 38:20
11. Pekudei 92 verses from 38:21 – 40:38

Shemot totals: 11 parshiot in 40 chapters with 1,206 verses

Tabernacle in Timna Park

III. Book of Vayikra / Leviticus

1. Vayikra 111 verses from Vayikra / Leviticus 1:1 – 5:26
2. Tzav 96 verses from 6:1 – 8:36
3. Shemini 91 verses from 9:1 – 11:47
4. Tazria 66 verses from 12:1 – 13:58
5. Metzora 90 verses from 14:1 – 15:33
6. Acharei Mot 80 verses from 16:1 – 18:30
7. Kedoshim 64 verses from 19:1 – 20:27
8. Emor 124 verses from 21:1 – 24:23
9. Behar 57 verses from 25:1 – 26:2
10. Bechukotai 78 verses from 26:3 – 27:34

Vayikra totals: 10 parshiot in 27 chapters with 857 verses

numbers in the wilderness

IV. Book of Bamidbar / Numbers

1. Bamidbar 159 verses from Bamidbar / Numbers 1:1 – 4:20
2. Nasso 176 verses from 4:21 – 7:89
3. Behaalotecha 136 verses from 8:1 – 12:16
4. Shelach 119 verses from 13:1 – 15:41
5. Korach 95 verses from 16:1 – 18:32
6. Chukat 87 verses from 19:1 – 22:1
7. Balak 104 verses from 22:2 – 25:9
8. Pinchas 168 verses from 25:10 – 30:1
9. Mattot 112 verses from 30:2 – 32:42
10. Masei 132 verses from 33:1 – 36:13

Bamidbar totals: 10 parshiot in 36 chapters with 1,288 verses

V. Book of Devarim / Deuteronomy

1. Devarim 105 verses from Devarim / Deuteronomy 1:1 – 3:22
2. Vaetchanan 118 verses from 3:23 – 7:11
3. Eikev 111 verses from 7:12 – 11:25
4. Reeh 126 verses from 11:26 – 16:17
5. Shoftim 97 verses from 16:18 – 21:9
6. Ki Teitzei 110 verses from 21:10 – 25:19
7. Ki Tavo 122 verses from 26:1 – 29:8
8. Nitzavim 40 verses from 29:9 – 30:20
9. Vayeilech 30 verses from 31:1 – 31:30
10. Haazinu 52 verses from 32:1 – 32:52
11. Vezot Haberachah 41 verses from 33:1 – 34:12

Devarim totals: 11 parshiot in 34 chapters with 952 verses

Torah totals: 5 books divided into 54 parshiot in 187 chapters with 5,837 verses