Thursday, February 27, 2014

Parshat Para

Parshat Para
Day: Thursday
Date: February 27, 2014
Parshat: Pekudei, Shekalim
Source: Yalkut Yosef: 685

On the Shabbat after Purim we read Parshat Para. According to Maran (the Shulchan Aruch), as well as many other poskim, there is a commandment from the Torah to read Parshat Para. During the reading the congregation should have in mind to fulfill their obligation and the reader should have in mind to fulfill their obligation as well. Just like during Parshat Zachor. The reason why we read it is because regarding the sin of the golden calf the Torah says: "Remember, do not forget that you provoked Hashem your God." (Devarim 9:7). Since this sin is such a dark spot in our history we instead read about the red heifer, the purpose of which was to some for the sin of the golden calf.

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