In Torah Tidbits, each week, a member of HCS provides a brief explication of the week’s Torah portion, aimed at both the children and the adults of our Jewish community. These tidbits are intended to be informative, not authoritative. We welcome you to peruse our contribution to Jewish learning.

As a Reconstructionist synagogue, HCS follows the Triennial Calendar. Thus, we read only one third of the Torah portion each year, completing our study every three years.

Triennial Year 1

Abraham, Isaac and Sarah

Triennial Year 2


Triennial Year 3





 Bamidbar– the Census בְּמִדְבַּר
Numbers 3:14 to 4:20

Nasso – offerings of the 12 Tribes נָשׂא
Numbers 7:1 to 89  

Behaalotcha – quails and prophets בְּהַעֲלֹתְךָ
Numbers 10:35 to 12:16

Sh’lach – sacrifices and sins |שְׁלַח־לְךָ
Numbers 15:8 to 41   

Korach קוֹרַח
Numbers 17:25 to 18:32

Chukat— the People of Israel lose Aaron חֻקַּת
Numbers 20:22 to 22:1

Balak – Balaam Blesses Israel בָּלָק Numbers 29:39 to 25:9

Pinchas— sacrifices for Holidays
Numbers 28:16 to 30:1

Matot-Masei — sanctuary cities
Numbers 33:50 to 36:15

Devarim – Israel Goes to War דְּבָרִים
Deuteronomy 2:31 to 3:22

Vaetchanan – the Ten Commandments וָאֶתְחַנַּן
Deuteronomy 5:1 to 9:11

Eikev – Feast and Famine עֵקֶב Deuteronomy 10:12 to 11:25

Re-eh רְאֵה
Deuteronomy 15:1 to 16:17

Shoftim – witnesses and boundaries שׁוֹפְטִים Deuteronomy 19:14 to 21:9

Ki Teitzei – mercy and justice כִּי־תֵצֵא
Deuteronomy 24:14 to 25:19

Ki Tavo – blessings and curses כִּי־תָבוֹא Deuteronomy 27:12 to 29:8

Nitzavim – the one who is not here
נִצָּבִים Deuteronomy 29:9 to 30:20