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Is there any personal significance to "my" Torah portion?

Is there any personal significance to "my" Torah portion?



I've heard that studying the Torah portion that was read on the week of your birth can give you insight into your life. Is there any weight to this? If so, is there a website where I can further explore this? Your thoughts on the subject will be greatly appreciated.


A favorite aphorism of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, the first Rebbe of Chabad, was that "one needs to live with the times." This means that we are to live in tune with the week's Torah portion, and we should attempt to gain insight and understanding into the week's events by looking into the weekly Torah portion. The week's Torah reading, known as the Parshah, has special relevance to anything that happens during that week.

It would seem clear, then, that the Torah portion which was studied during the week, and read on the Shabbat, of a person's birth, would be extremely meaningful in providing some direction to his/her life.

Do you know which Torah portion was read on the week of your birth? If yes, just go to our Parshah Archive, click on your Parshah and you can read the text of the reading, commentaries and a plethora of insights. If you don't know the Parshah, go to our Jewish Calendar, browse over to your year and date of birth, and see which Parshah was read on the Shabbat following your birth (or, if you were born on Shabbat, on the day you were born).

I hope this has been helpful. Please feel free to contact me if you want to discuss this any further.

Chaya Sarah Silberberg,

P.S. If the Shabbat after your birth coincided with a Jewish holiday, then the weekly Parshah is not read that day—so your Parshah is the one read the following Shabbat (or, in the rare instance when a holiday extends over two Shabbats, it would be the Shabbat after that).

Rabbi Schneur Zalman's statement: Hayom Yom Cheshvan 2.
Chaya Sarah Silberberg serves as the rebbetzin of the Bais Chabad Torah Center in West Bloomfield, Michigan, since 1975. She also counsels, lectures, writes, and responds for’s Ask the Rabbi service.
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Brian Simsbury March 27, 2015

Historical Events I am researching historic events, especially those regarding the Jewish People. I am doing exactly that: checking on what the Parsha of that day would have been. Reply

Lisa Providence, RI April 30, 2013

Personal Significance to Torah Portions My Torah Portion was Shofetim. It had something to do with warriors, and the portion fit me perfectly! Reply

Adam June 18, 2009

Article about finding your life purpose Someone told me that if you look at the aaliyah no. corresponding to the day of week you were born, ie tuesday then you look at the 3rd aaliyah, it contains your individual tikun, the reason why you are here.

It was said in the name of Arizal but I haven't checked the sources. Reply

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