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This is our periodic call for volunteers to write a D'var Torah diary over the coming weeks. You don't have to be a rabbinical scholar - as far as I know none of us are - and you don't even have to be Jewish. If you haven't written one yet, why not give it a try? Here is the schedule for the next few weeks (I've translated the name of each parshah, except for the two named for people):
May 25: Torah reading - Behalotecha (when you set up) Numbers chapters 8 to 12. Haftarah - Zechariah 2:14 to 4:7. charliehall2
June 1: Torah reading - Shelach Lecha (send for yourselves) Numbers chapters 13 to 15. Haftarah - Joshua chapter 2. Ramara
June 8: 1st Torah reading - Korach, Numbers chapters 16 to 18
Second Torah reading Numbers 28: 9-15. Haftarah - Isaiah chapter 66. Eowyn9
(Note: This Shabbat coincides with Rosh Hodesh Tammuz, the first day of the new month of Tammuz. The first day of each month is a very minor (except for Rosh Hashanah) holiday. Numbers 28: 9-15 is read in synagogue every Rosh Hodesh, and Isaiah chapter 66 is chanted every Shabbat that coincides with Rosh Hodesh. The regular Haftarah, which is preempted, is 1 Samuel 11:14 to 12:22).
June 15: Torah reading - Chukkat (the ritual law) Numbers chapters 19 to 22:1. Haftarah - Judges 11:1 to 33. quarkstomper
June 22: Torah reading Balak, Numbers 22:2 to 25:9. Haftarah: Micah 5:6 to 6:8.