Torah Portions for Rosh Hashanah are read this weekend

The Torah portion for the first day of Rosh Hashanah is Genesis 21:1-34. It includes the story of the birth of Isaac to Abraham and Sarah, and how at Sarah’s request Abraham banished his concubine Hagar and her son Ishmael.

The Haftarah for this portion is First Samuel 1:1-2:10. In parallel with the Genesis story of how infertile Sarah gave birth to a son, the Haftarah tells how infertile Hannah gave birth to a son who became the judge and prophet Samuel.

The Torah portion for the second day of Rosh Hashanah is Genesis 22:1-24. It presents the famous story of Abraham’s near sacrifice of Isaac.

The Haftarah for this portion is Jeremiah 31:1-19. It contains a poetically expressed promise that God will restore the Jewish people to the land of Israel.

Along with both of these Torah portions is read Numbers 29:1-6, containing a commandment to observe Rosh Hashanah.

This image of an Israelite priest playing a shofar comes from the 1894 “Treasures of the Bible.”