Monday, February 24, 2014

Parshat Zachor

Parshat Zachor
Day: Monday
Date: February 24, 2014
Parshat: Pekudei, Shekalim
Source: Yalkut Yosef: 685

On the Shabbat following the Rosh Chodesh Adar that immediately precedes Nissan we only read one parsha from one Sefer Torah. However, if Rosh Chodesh falls out on Shabbat then we read Shekalim on the Shabbat of Rosh Chodesh and we read Parshat Zachor the following Shabbat.  Parshat Zachor is always read on the Shabbat before Purim. We are very particular to use the best Sefer Torah in the synagogue for Parshat Zachor since it is a mitvat aseh from the Torah as opposed to regular Torah reading which is not. We don't make a special blessing on the reading of Parshat Zachor since Hashem does not rejoice at the downfall of the wicked and also because we don't make a blessing on a curse. Children should be instructed not to make noise during the reading so that everyone will hear every word.

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