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Torah Readings

A Synopsis of the Passover Torah Readings


On the FIRST DAY OF PASSOVER we read from the book of Exodus (12:21-51) of the bringing of the Passover Offering in Egypt, the Plague of the Firstborn at the stroke of midnight, and how "On this very day, G‑d took the Children of Israel out of Egypt."

The reading for the SECOND DAY OF PASSOVER, Leviticus 22:26-23:44, includes: a list of the moadim -- the "appointed times" on the Jewish calendar for festive celebration of our bond with G‑d; the mitzvah to Count the Omer (the 49-day "countdown" to the festival of Shavuot which begins on the 2nd night of Passover); and the obligation to journey to the Holy Temple to "to see and be seen before the face of G‑d" on the three annual pilgrimage festivals -- Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot.

The readings for the four INTERMEDIATE DAYS OF PASSOVER include:

1) Instructions to commemorate the Exodus by sanctifying the firstborn, avoiding leaven and eating matzah on Passover, telling one's children the story of the Exodus, and donning tefillin (Exodus 13:1-16).

2) A portion from the Parshah of Mishpatim which includes the laws of the festivals (Exodus 22:24-23:19).

3) A section describing Moses' receiving of the Second Tablets and G‑d's revelation to him of His Thirteen Attributes of Mercy, which likewise concludes with the laws of the festivals (Exodus 34:1-26); when one of the "intermediate days" of Passover is Shabbat, this is the reading read on that day, and it begins 12 verses earlier, with 33:12).

4) The story and laws of the "Second Passover" (Numbers 9:1-14).

On the SEVENTH DAY OF PASSOVER we read how on this day the sea split for the Children of Israel and drowned the pursuing Egyptians, and the "Song at the Sea" sung by the people upon their deliverance (Exodus 13:17-15:26; full summary with commentary here).

On the EIGHTH DAY OF PASSOVER we read Deuteronomy 15:19-16:17. Like the reading for the second day, it catalogs the annual cycle of festivals, their special observances, and the offerings brought on these occasions to the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. The Eighth Day's special connection with the Future Redemption is reflected in the Haftorah (reading from the Prophets) for this day (Isaiah 10:32-12:6).

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April 25, 2016
Eight days of the Festival of Freedom
Amazing, refreshing revelation, everytime.
April 22, 2016
Happy pesach everyone hope you have a wonderful Passover and Seder
Yeri Ramos
San Francisco CA
April 20, 2016
To Our Army Officer
I read your comment, Lt. Kressel and the Torah teaches that when the Children of Israel began celebrating the deaths of Pharoah's army, Hashem reprimanded them by saying he mourned their loss as they too were G-d's children. Your instincts were spot on.
Shmuel Yonah
April 19, 2016
To Avraham
Think of the Torah as spiritual medicine for your soul. Every once in a while, you need a good dose to keep your neshamah healthy. The Torah readings are hand-picked for what your soul needs at that time of the year. But you cannot just sit in shul and expect the meds to somehow find their way into you. Read them and study them, and they'll be internalized just right.
Gersh the Mentch
April 17, 2016
thank you
thank you to who took the time to write this out and source everything very help full my q? is what is accomplished by reading the torah and what it accomplishes today's day in age thank you
April 13, 2014
Synopsis of Torah readings
Thank you for the synopsis of the Torah readings. Very helpful. Happy Pesach ! Sincerely Aaron Gutierrez
Aaron Gutierrez
Mcallen, Texas
April 4, 2012
I am a Jew and a retired career Army officer. I have never celebrated the death of an enemy and tried to teach that idea to my troops. It is a great miracle and blessing G-D saved the Jews from the Egyptians. We should say a prayer even for those lost souls as well as gratitude for our being saved.
LTC. Steven Kressel Ret.
Steven Kressel
Cherry Hill, NJ
April 22, 2011
the passover torah readings,
i really enjoy these readings, they are very interesting and helpful yo know.
linda nicholson
kanab, utah
April 22, 2011
I thank you all for your effort and i believe in the faith i love it for ever. happy passover shalom
christopher obinya
Lagos, Nigeria
April 18, 2011
Thank You
This was such a welcome reminder during busy times. Thank you! Only Good.
Boca Raton, FL