Sunday, February 23, 2014

Parshat Shekalim

Parshat Shekalim
Day: Sunday
Date: February 23, 2014
Parshat: Pekudei, Shekalim
Source: Yalkut Yosef: 685

On the Shabbat before the Rosh Chodesh Adar that precedes Nissan, or the Shabbat of Rosh Chodesh Adar itself when it falls on Shabbat, we take an extra Sefer Torah out from the aron and we read Parshat Shekalim from it. The reason is because during the era of the Bet Hamikdash on the first day of Adar they would announce that it was time to donate the annual the mahatsit hashekel to the Bet Hamikdash. The money that was raised was used to pay for the communal korbanot during the following year starting from Nissan. We also read a special hafatarah that alludes to the mahatsit hashekel. When Rosh Chodesh falls on Shabbat we also add the first and last verses from the Rosh Chodesh haftarah.

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