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- n. A name applied in the Jewish sabbatical liturgy to the weekly section of the Pentateuch which is read in the synagogue on the Sabbath. The Pentateuch is divided into fifty-four sedras or sections, which are subdivided into parashoth. The sedras must be read at the morning Sabbath services during the year, but as a year has only 52 weeks, in order to finish the sedras two of them are read on two special Sabbaths. The sedras bear different names. For example, the first, which is read on the first Sabbath after the feast of Succoth, is named Bereshith, “in the beginning.” It is the first Hebrew word of the section (Gen. i. 1). The second section is called
Noah, which is the third word of the first verse of that section (Gen. vi. 8). It specially treats of that patriarch and the history of the deluge. The last section is named Vezoth Haberakah, “and this is the blessing,” which are the first two words of that section (Deut. xxxiii. 1).
“The hymns in the Jacobite Office which conclude the part known as sedra and replace the short prayers of the Nestorian Office are called ba'utha (prayer, request).”
“There are those who will add apricot and almond oil and even, the heavens defend us, sedra.”
“The sedra, after all, reminds the Itturei Torah about the brit milah prayer that parents successfully "raise and educate" their about-to-be circumcised children.”
“This is a relevant question for this week's sedra, in particular, not just the Omer in general.”
“This week's sedra, Va'eira, and next week's sedra, Bo, are always read just before Tu b'Shvat, the time when the trees in the Land of Israel begin to blossom.”
“In the story of the Exodus, of which this week's sedra is one part,”
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“Today, Tuesday of Parshas B'Shalach is a special segulah to recite tefillas Ha'Man from the weekly sedra.”
“Sage and comfrey," she said of one, "and sedra oil.”
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