The Meaning of Shabbat Parshat Hachodesh
Daniel Pinner, Arutz Sheva
This Saturday is Shabbat Hachodesh, Sabbath of The Month
The Sabbath preceding the first day of the month of Nisan is called Hachodesh. We read the first mitzvah given to the Jews as a people. With special Torah and Haftarah readings, we read how the first national mitzvah was to take control of our time.
What is Shabbat Hagadol
By Eliyahu Kitov for chabad.org
This Shabbat, March 24, 2018, is Shabbat Hagadol
The Shabbat which precedes Passover is called Shabbat haGadol, the Great Sabbath, for many and varied reasons, as we shall explain below.
There are also many special customs associated with this Shabbat. It was in Egypt that Israel celebrated the very first Shabbat Ha-Gadol on the tenth of Nissan, five days before their redemption. On that day, the Children of Israel were given their first commandment which applied only to that Shabbat, but not to future generations: On the tenth day of this month [Nissan]... each man should take a lamb for the household, a lamb for each home (Exodus 12:3).
Want more information on Passover? Check out Jvillage Network's Passover Guide.
Structure of a Jewish Prayer Service
Your step-by-step guide
Are you attending a Jewish service for the first time or just need a refresher? While prayer services vary widely from temple to temple, there are some standard prayers and rituals that most temples practice. From the warm up prayer (pesukai d’zimra) to the sermon (d’var Torah), this video guides you through all the different sections of a typical Jewish service.
The Red Heifer in Synagogue: Purifying Israel from Sin
The Red Heifer Purification Process. Artist YoramRaanan.com
By Ethan Schwarts for TheTorah.com
This Shabbat is Shabbat Parah/The Sabbath of the Red Heifer
The Special Readings for Shabbat Parah
The Shabbat three weeks before Passover is known as Shabbat Parah. It derives its name from a special liturgical feature: the additional Torah reading (maftir) drawn from the purity rite of the red heifer (Numbers 19). This practice goes back to the Tannaitic period (late 2nd century C.E.) and is referenced in the Mishnah (m. Megillah 3:4):
Our Favorite Shabbat Songs for Kids
BY RACHEL MINKOWSKY for Kveller
I’m admittedly a Shabbat newbie, but music has always been an important tool in teaching my children about Judaism. Bringing music into our burgeoning Shabbat rituals was a natural extension. I’ve learned a lot in the past year, mostly through trial and error, when it comes to engaging my kids in music on Shabbat. Here are three things to keep in mind: