A Journey to Health….

Posted by on Mar 31, 2021 in All Posts, Journey to Health | 2 comments

A Journey to Health….

A Journey to Health….

It has been over 6 years since I’ve had a good night’s sleep or a healthy deep breath. I’m sick and tired of it. As I was pondering this morning about ‘my situation’, the thought came to me that maybe someone else could benefit from my sporadic notes journaling this part of my search for health. Many of you that know me – or follow me – know that I suffer from an exposure to toxic black mold about 6 1/2 years ago and have been unable to find help through the normal medical fields. There is nothing in their little black bags anymore except prednisone and antibiotics. So…today is day 1 of a new journey and a new determination to ‘body heal thyself!’ … all from the encouragement of a young man from Canada who was a pre-med student and who went another direction after being disillusioned of the politics and pharmaceutical influences.  So join with me on my journey, and if you are suffering from a particular ailment or situation in your own life that you simply have not been able to overcome, let’s work on it together. Leave a comment below and let’s get healthy!

So, let’s start with drawing a timeline…and I think a timeline for each of us would be helpful, so get out your notebook or ipad and let’s begin. Search back through your pocket of memories until you reach a timestamp that seems to indicate where your situation/sickness began and shouts “HERE I AM”!! Take notice of what emotions flood your senses and which memories rise to the surface and elaborate on that as you write it down. What we are doing is recognizing our emotions, our memories,  and seeing them for what they are. Be totally honest in your evaluation as you put pen to paper.

Now that you have elaborated on this part of the undercover work, go back just a little further on your timeline. The reason being is that the HERE I AM marker … is usually just the proverbial stick that broke the camel’s back, so to speak. If one travels just  a little further back on the timeline, there will be smaller markers that seem to trip you up as well. Those little stumbling blocks, if put under the microscope, will reveal various flaming arrows. Scrutinize those little markers, some of those red and flaming arrows may represent a harsh judgment from someone, another marker might be a broken relationship, another one would be rejection from a loved one….simply take the time to recognize what led you to the  HERE I AM roadblock! Now we’re cooking!

As you slowly recognize those little roadblocks leading up to the major break in your highway of life, now we can begin the healing process. First, one has to seriously own that timeline. What does that mean? It simply means stop sidestepping the bumps in your life. Use your imagination (yes, Yah gave you that!) and see that highway underneath your feet, recognize the tiny potholes of life that you sidestep or walk over. Sometimes, that can be a good idea, but when it comes to being healthy (both in body AND mind) those tiny potholes that finally balloon into one big roadblock need to be addressed. Sometimes we need to travel back in time and walk through them…so that we can actually see what happened! As you might have guessed…..that big ole roadblock didn’t just emerge by itself….it had help!

So…let’s be vulnerable…when I look at my timeline of events I could probably go back a long, long way, but to keep it simple I’ve chosen to go back to the last traumatic pothole that seem to lead to that big ole roadblock. Truth be told, I keep tripping over one particular blip in the road and as I gaze at the road signs around me, I see the Catholic Church Exit sign on one side of the road, and New Way Enter on the other.  As I take some time to unravel that picture, thoughts well up inside and I realize that ‘leaving’ that comfortable, easy, well-worn road of ancestors was really quite traumatic – it was a rip in my fabric of life – a big rip! That fork in the road and the path I took led to some pretty serious ramifications. The path was totally unknown, and at the time, not very well traveled for those leaving the security blanket of ‘the church’. At least for a young married girl in the suburbs!

The time period was also interesting, if you’re into history. It is my belief that many of our ‘situations’ arise from circumstances surrounding us. Looking at my own timeline for clues, I find it interesting that the Yom Kippur 6-day war of 1967 had just been won by Israel, and the move of the Ruach haKodesh (Holy Spirit) began moving across the globe during that period as well. In 1967 the Jewish Voice Broadcasts by Louis Kaplan was founded in the same year and Messianic Judaism took on new life, as did the move of the Spirit in various church denominations! While I was too young at that point in history to take notice of the changes, there was a lot going on in my own personal life, graduating high school, marrying my childhood sweetheart and bringing two babies into the world. My life was full. But by the end of the 70’s and into the early 80’s I began questioning my beliefs, my destiny, my life and those historical events now slowly began permeating my life.

So here’s the challenge – step back and examine your own timeline, review those potholes that trip you up and then ponder on the historical pulse of the world. See a coincidence?

That’s it for today, do your homework, send me a note below or on our Contact Page and let’s check back in a few days. Let’s GET HEALTHY!

 

 

Timing…..

Posted by on Mar 22, 2021 in All Posts, Feast Days, Passover | 4 comments

Timing…..

Timing is everything!

No matter what the situation, invitation, or participation….timing is everything!  Unless you have the details, you will always be late, lost, or confused. As for me, I don’t like to be late – knowing the details, planning out my strategy and having everything ready beforehand allows me to not only arrive in a timely fashion, but to do it without stressing and fretting. Not only that, it also conveys to the other party that they are important in my life and that my timely appearance is because they are valued.

Speaking of timely events and being on time, there is an important event happening this coming weekend, and everyone has been invited…and the invitation has been engraved in gold by the Hand of God Himself. It is an invitation that our Holy Heavenly Father sent out as the first of seven very special invitations. This first invitation celebrates the Feast of Unleavened Bread/Passover.

Feast of Passover you ask? Yes, the Feast of Passover/Unleavened Bread is an invitation to everyone …. everyone, that is, that hears His voice and responds. ‘Knock and the door shall be opened’ … you know the phrase. So why are Christians and non-Jews drawn to the table of this special Feast Day celebrated by the Jewish people for over 3,000 years? What fascination, what symbology, what rituals speak to all humankind during this setting?

First of all, the entire ceremony speaks to all of us on various levels. On one level you have the symbolic side – the sacrificial lamb who was slain and whose blood was smeared on the lintels (doorframes) of the houses of all who believed in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. This blood from the lamb on the doorposts of their house (hearts) were than assured that they were ‘passed over’ during that last plague – the killing of the firstborn. This also resonates with many of us that believe that Yeshua (Jesus) who was the ‘lamb of God’ and sacrificed on our behalf. On another level, the historic level, Yeshua and all his disciples and followers (up until about the 3rd century) who were almost all Jewish, or who followed the Messiah Yeshua’s ways, gathered for that last supper, which might well have been the Passover seder.

As we relive this night (Gregorian Calendar 3/27; Hebrew Calendar Nisan 14/15) and remember not only our forefathers Exodus from Egypt so long ago, let us also remember what our Messiah accomplished at his last Passover. During this season of our redemption and the days following, allow yourself to ‘look back’ and ‘remember’ the personal exodus you yourself have taken or are taking as you strive to walk closer to the Holy One. These are the days when we clean house, get rid of the ‘leaven (sin)’ in our lives and purify ourselves so that we are ready for when the Messiah calls our name.

If you have not ‘cleaned house’now is the time to prepare yourself … begin by taking a deep breath, look deep into your soul with objective eyes and allow the Father to let that nagging sin surface! Recognize it for what it is .. something that displeases the One you serve … repent and allow the Father to cleanse you as you determine to overcome!

This coming Saturday evening the Passover begins again….if you have never attended a Passover Seder, find one and go! Your life, your spirit will be enriched and your journey will take on new meaning!

Many blessings to my brothers and sisters in His Name!

~Pamela~

A Widow’s Mite…or Might?

Posted by on Mar 10, 2021 in All Posts, Pams Ponderings | 0 comments

A Widow’s Mite…or Might?

What is a Widow’s Mite/Might?

As I was pondering this morning on a blessing I received in the mail yesterday….the phrase ‘widow’s mite’ came to mind. And then of course since I am a multi-tasker, various words and images transformed ‘mite‘ into ‘might‘ and then MIGHT(y)! Meditating on that a little longer, I thought, this would make a good ‘sword stroke‘ 🙂 .. so here we go!

First, let’s examine what exactly was a ‘widow’s might’ from the scriptures:

“He sat down opposite the treasury and observed how the crowd put money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow also came and put in two small coins worth a few cents. Calling his disciples to himself, he said to them, ‘Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the other contributors to the treasury. For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood.” Mark 12:41-44

So what was the Master saying? Was it just all about money? Did he just take pity on her having just a little and wanted to make an example out of her? or them? Well, I think the Master was pointing out several things!  Yeshua (Jesus) was teaching at the Temple in Jerusalem when he said this and we can read about it in Mark 12 above and in Luke 21:1-4. You may also be wondering just what IS a mite? In Greek it is called a lepta and two mites together are worth a quadrans, which is the smallest of the Roman coins. A lepton was the smallest and least valuable coin in circulation in Judea. Probably about the worth of our own penny.

Traveling back to the first century, we can envision an older woman (and back then I bet that ‘older’ woman could have easily been only 40-50 years old!), maybe with tattered gowns, carrying a small, worn pouch with a few coins in it, walking slowly into the synagogue. In my mind’s eye, it is easy to see her hesitate just a tiny bit as she slowly removes those two precious coins, fumbling with the old pouch she carries close to her waist and then quickly drops them into the reserve. She quickly walks to her seat and lowers her head, but inside she feels the glow of giving to her God. She had given her all…her ‘mite’ was a mighty gesture!

But is that all there is to the story? Are we simply being instructed to give to the church, the synagogue, the ministry and to do so no matter what and with a grin on our face? Is that was Yeshua was trying to convey? I don’t think so. Let’s look at the ‘other side of the coin’ for a bit. Take your eyes off the ‘money’ and see a bit deeper. Our Messiah was teaching in the temple, and if you read from the beginning of the chapter, he is focusing on the scribes. The scribes were supposed to know the word of God, they were to be the examples to the people. But they weren’t. They imposed restrictions and man-made laws on the common man/woman and yet they themselves put on a pretense of being holy.

This whole chapter focuses on Yeshua taking the scribes to task, pointing out their hypocrisy and twisted understanding of scripture. He is using the widow’s mite as an example of how the poor have been abused by their rules and regulations. Consider verses 38-40:

And in his teaching he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes and like greetings in the marketplaces and have the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts, who devour widows’ houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”

So, bottom line, yes, it is good to give with a cheerful heart ~ but don’t give out of condemnation, or begrudgingly, or if you’re children need shoes (yes I remember when this really happened)!! There are many ways to give ~ of yourself, your time, your smile, your understanding and so much more than just a few or a lot of mites!

Just my 2 cents….Pam

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A stroke of the ‘sword’…

Posted by on Mar 6, 2021 in All Posts, Pams Ponderings | 2 comments

A stroke of the ‘sword’…

So as we said on our last post, one of my ‘swords‘ is the pen…or the keyboard.

So as I pondered about that revelation and wondered what that would look like, my mother pointed out …

“Pamela….just read what you’ve already written!

I keep telling you to write a book!”

Leave it to mothers to encourage you the most.

I think, if I’m honest (and I strive to be), I already knew that one of my strongest strengths lies in the pen … I just didn’t connect it to a sword, as my friend Nitza had pointed out. That actually takes on new meaning…why do I say that? Well, holding a sword rather than a pen projects (in my mind) a weightier meaning – wouldn’t you agree? Viewing that PEN as a SWORD….and the SWORD as a PEN leads one to weigh their words much more carefully. One never knows who will read those words, nor who will be pierced by their meaning.

Surely you have heard the old saying, “The pen is mightier than the sword”. Those words were first written by novelist and playwright Edward Bulwer-Lytton in 1839, in his historical play Cardinal Richelieu. Richelieu was chief minister to King Louis XIII, and discovered a plot to kill him. However Richelieu was in the service not only of the King, but of  the church, and was forbidden to take up arms. In that play Cardinal Richelieu’s Page, Francois, reminded him that “But now, at your command are other weapons, my good Lord.” Richelieu agreed and the famous words that went ‘viral’ were “The pen is mightier than the sword…take away the sword; States can be saved without it!”

Those words are now commonplace and are known in almost every language.

However, if you seriously think about it, the pen and the sword can truly be one and the same. It is all in how you wield each and what the desired purpose (target) is meant to be. Just think about it, my friend. It is imperative that we use these tools with extreme care and caution…no matter which you pick up.

Just a bit more for all of us to ponder upon ……..

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Princess Warrior with a Pen for a Sword

Posted by on Mar 2, 2021 in All Posts, Ezer Kenegdo, Pams Ponderings | 4 comments

Princess Warrior with a Pen for a Sword

A friend of mine, Nitza Moshe, spoke some words of life into my spirit today….she reminded me that I am a “Princess Warrior with a Pen for a Sword”.  That rang so true to my spirit. You see, I love words, I love writing, I love reading and many have said that my ‘words’ have touched them. Many, including my mother, insist I should ‘write a book’. So why don’t I? Motivation? Laziness? Distractions? … all of that and probably more.

But I do have this little ‘ole blog…and I do post with all my heart. All types of words flow out from within the deepest parts, whether it be on healing aides of herbs and essential oils, natural products, scriptural insights that are shared, personal victories or devastating defeats … all from the heart.

So today, I look carefully at this ‘sword‘ and measure it’s worth. Each of us have our ‘own’ sword…determine which quality within you is your sword, you will find it! Today I will pick up that sword again and endeavor to add light to the universe … to dispel a bit of the darkness in a chaotic world.

Join with me, determine for yourself that you, too, will add a bit of LIGHT to the darkness around you! Together we will journey forward and walk triumphantly in HIS LIGHT!

Blessings and shalom

Pamela

Her Story…

Posted by on Feb 22, 2021 in All Posts, Purim, Women in the Bible | 2 comments

Her Story…

is our story

…… we are all ‘Esther‘ in some way or another – whether walking with the face of Esther or the face of Hadassah ~ we are all one in spirit. The one who is hidden, and the one who is not, the one who is a queen in waiting and the one who is of questionable background ~ it is us. Sometimes we face things with openness and boldness, and sometimes with fear and trepidation, but the two faces work together – always.

It is through both faces that we are able to walk this journey with confidence, and competence as we come together to recognize who we are. Recognizing who we are allows us to embrace the One who already knows us …. Him! When we are faced with situations beyond our control, we can take a deep breath, gather our thoughts and focus on the One who is always in control! Then we can walk forth through those precarious situations, those dire circumstances, and hold our head up because He has gone before us …. He is our shield.

Why can we be so confident and rest assured that He is in control when all around us seems in total chaos? Because God is always at work , always…whether we see Him or even hear His voice…He is always at work! All throughout the story of Esther, even though His name is never mentioned, He was at work. Only through hindsight are we able to bring all of that chaos into focus. In the dreary, dark days when Esther was taken forcefully from all that she loved by the guards and taken into the harem (2:1-16), or when she risked her life by going before the king without permission (5:1-3) we see, in the end….victory! But walking through those dire circumstances, navigating in the chaotic tides of the unknown, Esther/Hadassah, walked in trusting faithfulness in her God ~ even when none of it made any sense.

Our lives are filled with ups and downs, situations and circumstances that many times are beyond our control, but God is always present. Just as Mordecai’s words rested in his faith that God would honor his eternal covenant, so too should we learn how to rest in that same faith!

God is the ultimate Promise Keeper and no matter what the situation looks like … learn how to rest in Him. Rest in Him. As you rest in that trusting faithfulness that He will keep His promises, you will, in the end, see God weave all the events of your life into one beautiful tapestry…and it will, as it is quoted…be for your good!

If you are having difficulties today, if your life’s journey has thrown you a curve that you think you can not surmount … take a deep breathsee His face … and rest in Him. Allow Him to work in your life …. and know that He will keep His promises!

Esther ~ Day 2

Posted by on Feb 17, 2021 in All Posts, Purim, Women in the Bible | 0 comments

Esther ~ Day 2

Let’s continue……

So Esther kept her ‘Jewish’ identity hidden from the world around her. That brings up the time when others in the bible ‘hid’ their identity doesn’t it? Can you name a few? Let’s see….there was Moshe, Yosef, Sarai … just to name a few. Why would they need to stay hidden? Probably, the first and foremost reason would be survival, don’t you agree? Survival is at the core of every human being – and, I believe, God given. After all, the priority on God’s list is – LIFE (chai)! But what other reasons might there be?

The second thought that comes to my mind is ~ PURPOSE. Think about that – to ‘hide’ one’s true identity would be to fulfill a purpose for oneself or another. It is said that God works in mysterious ways…and so He does. Back to Esther.

Let’s examine her name a bit. She is called Esther in the Persian empire:

There was a Jewish man in Shushan the capital whose name was Mordechai, the son of Yair… from the tribe of Binyamin… He reared Hadassah, she is Esther, his uncle’s daughter, because she did not have a father or mother. The girl was beautiful of form and appearance, and when her parents died, Mordechai adopted her as his daughter. (Esther 2:5-7)

So we see right here that she has two names…why two names? Think of your own name…many are called by various names – I am known by … yes … “Pammy” by some of my oldest relatives … those who were a part of my life in the early years. Others call me Pamela, some Pam, and then of course there is Aunt, BFF, Sissy, and one very special name (which means so much more to me now than before) “Babe“.  Each of those names meant something different to each person. So it was with Esther. Those who called her Hadassah, truly knew her and were closest to her. Those who called her by the name Esther saw her another, more hidden side of her. Each name given in ancient days had meaning and children were named to live up to the meaning. Let’s take a peak at those meanings:

Hadas” is a myrtle, as the Talmud (Megillah 13a) explains:

Hadassah: myrtle leaves are sweet smelling, and used as a metaphor to describe righteous people.

Esther: from the root of “hester,” hidden, as she kept her words hidden (when she refused to disclose her nationality when chosen as queen). Also, it is similar to the Persian word “estehar” which means moon/crescent, a reference to her beauty; the nations would see her and say she is beautiful like the moon.

As we review those explanations in the Talmud and in other books, we see that these names reflect Esther’s beauty, her sweetness, and maybe most importantly, her hiddenness in a culture that defines each person in dramatic ways. As with Esther, we all seem to grope out way through life, going in and out of seasons where we must each hide ourselves from others ~ and sometimes ourselves ~ until there is clarity and light that illuminates our path.

Back to the facts….Esther, we are told, is Mordechai’s cousin and comes from the tribe of Binyamin (Benjamin) who is the son of Rachel.  She shared many characteristics of our matriarch, Rachel. In Genesis 29:17 we see that Rachel is described as one that is “beautiful of form and appearance” and her personality seems to also be a family trait as well. Like Rachel, Esther is also able to quite handily keep a secret. In Breishit Rabba 71:5 of the Midrash, it says about Rachel:

Rachel excelled in the art of silence (when keeping from Yaakov the switching of Leah at her wedding). And so did all her descendants hide information: Binyamin knew about the sale of Yosef and did not tell. Shaul: “and the matter of the (coronation to) kingship he did not tell.” Esther: “Esther did not tell of her birthplace or her nation.” (Midrash – Breishit Rabba 71:5)

In today’s world, silence or the ability to keep a secret is highly valued, especially when the reason for doing so is for a greater purpose. If you think about it, when you refuse to reveal private information you are releasing your ability to control events or manipulate circumstances, allowing a higher source to step in to bring things about as they should for that greater purpose.

So let’s stop right here and ponder on what we’ve read. Let’s apply it to you…and me. Each of us have at least two natures within that we struggle with on a daily basis. The side (or face) we show to others ~ our Esther, and the side (or face) that we hide from others ~ our Hadassah. Our Esther must deal with outside situations, precarious and sometimes harrowing circumstances that need us to rise above and beyond what many times we think we can handle. Our Esther must dress for success, for achievement, for purpose; while our Hadassah must permeate those situations with an aroma of sweetness, beauty and innocence. Our Hadassah must retain our essence of purity endeavoring our Esther to bring about a purpose greater than our own.

If that is confusing … then might I ask you to simply ponder on that throughout the day and ask the Holy One to reveal the hidden within you … with the one you know.

To be continued….

Hidden….Yet Revealed

Posted by on Feb 15, 2021 in All About Women, All Posts, Women in the Bible | 0 comments

Hidden….Yet Revealed

One of my favorite books of the bible is, of course, the Book or Scroll of Esther. The amazing intrigue and mystique of this short story is laden with unbelievable hidden truths…..all in plain site.

After teaching and holding workshops in previous years on the mysteries of this young Jewish woman named Haddasah, but called Esther, I thought it time to bring those notes back out of the closet and share them again. So join with me and let’s discover again the beauty of this story.

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Esther’s story is the story of the exiles of Israel who remained in the Persian Empire and were almost destroyed by the antagonist of the story, Haman. Why and who is this Haman? Well, Haman the Agagite was the grand vizier of the King of Persia, Ahaseurus, and a descendant of an Amalekite king, long-time enemies of the Jewish people. The Holy One, centuries earlier, had commanded King Saul to destroy the Amalekites (1 Samuel 15:3), but Saul failed to obey the order. His disobedience in this area not only led to the loss of his kingdom but in Esther’s time almost led to the annihilation of all the Jews. So glean, if you will, this first bit of advise ~ not following through with God’s commands always has consequences … either immediately or centuries down the road.

The basics of the story is set in the time frame of approximately 485-465 BCE where King Ahasuerus (sometimes called Xerxes) reigned. She was the daughter of Avihail (Esth 2:15) and is the cousin and adopted daughter of Mordecai who is from the tribe of Benjamin (Esth 2:5-7). The scriptures describe her as beautiful, obedient, godly and respectful. She loved and obeyed her uncle Mordechai.

Esther rises to the spotlight when the King holds a banquet and requires his queen – Vashti – to appear before the invited wearing her ‘crown‘. Some sages say that she was required to appear with only her crown and this is why she refused to obey. The story continues that the King vanquished her because of her refusal ~ he didn’t want other women to follow in her footsteps. (I could say a whole lot right here, but I’ll refrain!) A search ensued for all the young beautiful women in his kingdom to replace the Queen. Esther was one of the chosen and taken to the kingdom, along with various other young maidens. However, one small caveat … she kept her Jewish identity hidden.

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Torah Portions

Posted by on Jan 31, 2021 in Resources | 0 comments

Torah Portions

Understanding what a “Torah Portion” means:

It is a custom among religious Jewish communities for a weekly Torah portion, to be read during Jewish prayer services on Monday, Thursday and Saturday. The full name, Hebrew: פָּרָשַׁת הַשָּׁבוּעַParashat HaShavua, is popularly abbreviated to parashah (also parshah /pɑːrʃə/ or parsha), and is also known as a Sidra or Sedra /sɛdrə/.

The parashah is a section of the Torah (Five Books of Moses) used in Jewish liturgy during a particular week. There are 54 parshas, or parashiyot in Hebrew, and the full cycle is read over the course of one Jewish year.

Each Torah portion consists of two to six chapters to be read during the week.

There are 54 weekly portions or parashot. Torah reading mostly follows an annual cycle beginning and ending on the Jewish holiday of Simchat Torah, with the divisions corresponding to the lunisolar Hebrew calendar, which contains up to 55 weeks, the exact number varying between leap years and regular years. One week is always Passover and another is always Sukkot, and the final parashah, V’Zot HaBerachah, is always read on Simchat Torah. Apart for the “immovable” final portion, there can be up to 53 weeks available for the other 53 portions. In years with fewer than 53 available weeks, some readings are combined to achieve the needed number of weekly readings.

The annual completion of the Torah readings on Simchat Torah, translating to “Rejoicing in the Law”, is marked by Jewish communities around the world.

The appropriate parashah is chanted publicly by a designated reader (ba’al koreh) in Jewish prayer services, starting with a partial reading on the afternoon of Shabbat, the Jewish Sabbath, i.e. Saturday afternoon, again during the Monday and Thursday morning services, and ending with a full reading during the following Shabbat morning services (Saturday morning). The weekly reading is pre-empted by a special reading on major religious holidays. The Saturday morning and holiday readings are followed by an often similarly themed reading (Haftarah) from the Book of Prophets (Nevi’im).

The custom dates to the time of the Babylonian captivity (6th century BCE). The origin of the first public Torah readings is found in the Book of Nehemiah, where Ezra the scribe writes about wanting to find a way to ensure the Israelites would not go astray again. This led to the creation of a weekly system to read the portions of the Torah at synagogues.

Alternative triennial cycle

In ancient times some Jewish communities practiced a triennial cycle of readings. In the 19th and 20th centuries, many congregations in the Reform and Conservative Jewish movements implemented an alternative triennial cycle in which only one-third of each weekly parashah was read in a given year; and this pattern continues. The parashot read are still consistent with the annual cycle, but the entire Torah is completed over three years. Orthodox Judaism does not follow this practice.

Israel vs. the Diaspora

Due to different lengths of holidays in Israel and the Diaspora, the portion that is read on a particular week will sometimes not be the same inside and outside Israel.

The division of parashiot found in the modern-day Torah scrolls of all Ashkenazic, Sephardic, and Yemenite communities is based upon the systematic list provided by Maimonides in Mishneh Torah, Laws of Tefillin, Mezuzah and Torah Scrolls, Chapter 8. Maimonides based his division of the parashot for the Torah on the Masoretic text of the Aleppo Codex.

In the table, a portion that may be combined with the following portion to compensate for the changing number of weeks in the lunisolar year, is marked with an asterisk. The following chart will show the weekly readings.

(from Wikipedia)