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Shabbat Chol Hamoed Torah Reading in a Nutshell

Shabbat Chol Hamoed Torah Reading in a Nutshell

Exodus 33:12-34:26


G‑d agrees to Moses' request that His presence only dwell amongst the Jews. Moses requests to be shown G‑d's glory. G‑d agrees, but informs Moses that he will only be shown G‑d's "back," not G‑d's "face."

G‑d tells Moses to carve new tablets upon which G‑d will engrave the Ten Commandments. Moses takes the new tablets up to Mt. Sinai, where G‑d reveals His glory to Moses while proclaiming His Thirteen Attributes of Mercy.

G‑d seals a covenant with Moses, assuring him again that His presence will only dwell with the Jews. G‑d informs the Jewish people that He will drive the Canaanites from before them. He instructs them to destroy all vestiges of idolatry from the land, not to make molten gods, to refrain from making any covenants with its current inhabitants, to sanctify male firstborn humans and cattle, and not to cook meat together with milk.

The Jews are commanded to observe the three festivals -- including the holiday of Sukkot, "the festival of the ingathering, at the turn of the year." All males are commanded to make pilgrimage to "be seen by G‑d" during these three festivals.

The maftir, from the Book of Numbers, discusses the public offerings brought in the Temple on this day of Sukkot.

Readings for Shabbat Chol Hamoed Torah Reading in a Nutshell
First Day
Tishrei 15, 5777
October 17, 2016

Zachariah 14:1-21
Second Day
Tishrei 16, 5777
October 18, 2016

Kings I 8:2-21
Third Day
Tishrei 17, 5777
October 19, 2016

Fourth Day
Tishrei 18, 5777
October 20, 2016

Fifth Day
Tishrei 19, 5777
October 21, 2016

Sixth Day
Tishrei 20, 5777
October 22, 2016

Ezekiel 38:18 - 39:16
Seventh Day
Tishrei 21, 5777
October 23, 2016

Torah Portion: Sukkot
From our Sages on the Parshah
And it came to pass after these things, that G-d did test Abraham (22:1)

Said Rabbi Jonathan: A potter does not examine defective vessels, because he cannot give them a single blow without breaking them. What then does he examine? Only the sound vessels, for he will not break them even with many blows. Similarly,G-d tests not the wicked but the righteous.

(Midrash Rabbah)

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