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Torah Club resources bring clarity and insight into the Scriptures that will propel your spiritual life forward.

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The Torah Reading Cycle

Jewish people throughout the world stay in sync with one another by reading and studying the very same passage of Scripture at once, week by week. This remarkable act of unity has been going on for centuries, and you can become a part of it today!

The Weekly Synagogue Reading

The Torah Club follows the passages of Scripture that are read aloud in Jewish synagogues every week. "For Moses from ancient generations has in every city those who preach him, since he is read in the synagogues every Sabbath" (Acts 15:21). In the synagogue, the Torah begins with Genesis 1:1 in the fall, usually around October. The full text of Genesis through Deuteronomy is broken into 54 sections containing a few chapters each. Each week one of these sections is chanted aloud to the congregation in Hebrew. Each reading is called a parashah, which means "portion." The names of the weekly portions are derived from a significant Hebrew word in the first sentence of that week's reading. A year after beginning the first portion, the congregation finishes Deuteronomy and begins Genesis again.

In addition to readings from the five books of Moses, the Torah Cycle includes a weekly reading from the prophets. At First Fruits of Zion, we have created an accompanying reading cycle for the Gospels and Acts as well.

The Torah Club Concept

The concept for Torah Club is simple. As a club member, you receive commentary on the weekly portions in both written form and audio CDs. Each week, beginning a week before the Torah portion is read in the synagogue, you are encouraged to read the assigned passages from the Torah, read the written commentary and listen to the audio CD. In a year's time, you've completed one cycle through the Torah.

Don't be discouraged if you find you can't keep up with all the reading every week. You can always go back later. The Torah cycle is read every year. If you prefer, you can ignore the weekly cycle and study through the material at your own pace.

Partner With Us

Receive Free Study Resources

Torah Club study resources span the whole of Scripture. When you join us as an FFOZ Friend, you not only benefit in receiving a selection of these study resources free, you also become a co-laborer with us in this work.

Become an FFOZ Friend