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Sukkot Torah Readings in a Nutshell

Sukkot Torah Readings in a Nutshell

Leviticus 22:26-23:44 Numbers 29:12-16


The reading begins with an injunction that a newborn calf, lamb, or kid must be left with its mother for seven days; one may not slaughter an animal and its offspring on the same day.

The reading then lists the annual Callings of Holiness -- the festivals of the Jewish calendar: the weekly Shabbat; the bringing of the Passover offering on 14 Nissan; the seven-day Passover festival beginning on 15 Nissan; the bringing of the Omer offering from the first barley harvest on the 2nd day of Passover, and the commencement, on that day, of the 49-day Counting of the Omer, culminating in the festival of Shavuot on the 50th day; a "remembrance of shofar blowing" on 1 Tishrei; a solemn fast day on 10 Tishrei; the Sukkot festival -- during which we are to dwell in huts for seven days and take the "Four Kinds" -- beginning on 15 Tishrei; and the immediately following holiday of the "8th day" of Sukkot (Shemini Atzeret).

G‑d declares the fifteenth day (and the subsequent 6 days) of the seventh month to be a holy convocation, no work shall be done during that time. The reading then describes the Sukkot offerings which were brought in the Holy Temple.

Readings for Sukkot Torah Readings 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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