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Texts and Summaries

Numbers 7:1-8:4
The Tabernacle inauguration, tribal -- identical yet individual -- gifts, and the kindling of the Menorah.
For an informed reading of I Kings 7:40–50
When Chanukah contains two Shabbatot, the weekly haftarah is replaced with a reading connected with Chanukah.
Readings for Texts and Summaries
First Day
Kislev 25, 5781
December 11, 2020

Second Day
Kislev 26, 5781
December 12, 2020

Zachariah 2:14 - 4:7
Third Day
Kislev 27, 5781
December 13, 2020

Fourth Day
Kislev 28, 5781
December 14, 2020

Fifth Day
Kislev 29, 5781
December 15, 2020

Sixth Day
Tevet 1, 5781
December 16, 2020

Seventh Day
Tevet 2, 5781
December 17, 2020

Eighth Day
Tevet 3, 5781
December 18, 2020

Torah Portion: Chanukah
Chanukah Torah Readings in a Nutshell

On Chanukah we celebrate the re-dedication of the Temple by the victorious Maccabee forces, a Temple that had been defiled by the Greeks. In fact the Hebrew word "Chanukah" means dedication.

In a similar vein, the Chanukah Torah reading discusses the dedication of the desert Tabernacle.