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Shabbat Zachor


Regular Shabbat Readings

* Note: On Jewish holidays, special readings often interrupt the regular cycle.

  • Shabbat Zachor (זכור | Remember)
  • Maftir: Deuteronomy 25:17-19
  • Haftarah: 1 Samuel 15:1-34

Portion Summary

Shabbat Zachor ("Sabbath [of] remembrance שבת זכור) is the Shabbat immediately preceding Purim. Deuteronomy 25:17-19, describing the attack by Amalek, is recounted. There is a tradition from the Talmud that Haman, the antagonist of the Purim story, was descended from Amalek. The portion that is read includes a commandment to remember the attack by Amalek, and therefore at this public reading both men and women make a special effort to hear the reading.




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