TORAH Portion Reading 26: WEEK 26
Shemini/Eighth — שמיני
- LEVITICUS 9:1-11:47
- HAF-TORAH/HAF-TARAH (either PROPHETS or WRITINGS) – PROPHETS:
- 2 SAM. 6:1-7:17
- BRIT CHADASHAH (NEW COVENANT / NEW TESTAMENT) – GOSPEL:
- MATTHEW 3:11-17
Note: The regular readings above are often interrupted with special readings on Jewish holidays, special Sabbaths, and Rosh Chodesh. Refer to the annual Torah Portion schedule for these special portions.
Shemini is the twenty-sixth reading from the Torah and third reading from the book of Leviticus. The word shemini (שמיני) means “eighth,” and it comes from the first words of Exodus 9:1, which says, “Now it came about on the eighth day that Moses called Aaron and his sons and the elders of Israel” (Leviticus 9:1). The text goes on to describe the events of the eight day after setting up the Tabernacle, a phenomenal worship service followed by a tragic incident. The reading concludes with the biblical dietary laws regarding animals fit for consumption and prohibitions regarding those that are unfit.
- Leviticus 9:1 | Aaron’s Priesthood Inaugurated
- Leviticus 10:1 | Nadab and Abihu
- Leviticus 11:1 | Clean and Unclean Foods
- Leviticus 11:24 | Unclean Animals
- 2 Samuel 6:1 | David Brings the Ark to Jerusalem
- 2 Samuel 7:1 | God’s Covenant with David
About the Weekly Torah Portion
Each week, synagogues across the world read a section from the Torah (the five books of Moses). In Hebrew, this passage is called Parashat HaShavua (פָּרָשַׁת הַשָּׁבוּעַ), which means “portion of the week.” Sometimes it is called the parsha or sidra. The Jewish community follows a schedule of readings based on the Hebrew calendar. Over the course of a year, the entire Torah is read publicly during the synagogue services. Each reading has a name based on one of the important Hebrew words in the first sentence of the passage. There are fifty-four portions in the regular cycle, as listed below.
Note: On Jewish holidays, special readings often interrupt the regular cycle.
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Video: Shemini: The Kosher Animal Song
Video: Is That Kosher Part 1