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Passover Dates and Readings

Passover Dates and Readings page contains three sections. The Passover Date section has the current and upcoming dates for the Passover festival. The Passover Readings section has the readings for the current year. Although there are set Scriptures for certain days the readings can vary a little from year to year. The reading variance depends largely on when Shabbat occurs. This will dictate the reading of the Megillah Songs of Songs. The Passover Dates and Readings Links section has both internal and external links.

Pesach פֶּסַח , the Hebrew word for Passover, is a commemoration of the exodus from Egypt as recorded in the book of Exodus.

Passover Dates:

When is Passover this year?

Exodus 12:1,2 states, “The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, “This month shall be for you the beginning of months. It shall be the first month of the year for you.

HolidayStartsEndsHebrew Date
Pesach 2024Mon., Apr 22Tue., Apr 30Nisan 15-22, 5784, First Month
Pesach 2025Sat., Apr 12Sun., Apr 20Nisan 15-22, 5785, First Month
Pesach 2026Wed., Apr 1Sun., Apr 9Nisan 15-22, 5786, First Month
Pesach 2027Wed., Apr 21Thu., Apr 29Nisan 15-22, 5787, First Month
Pesach 2028Mon., Apr 10Tue., Apr 18Nisan 15-22, 5788, First Month

Passover Readings:

What do we read during Passover?

Pesach has a long history and is the oldest and most celebrated of all festival days. In it’s long history it has had many evolutions. After the destruction of the Temple in 70 BCE, the Rabbis devised a system of readings from the Torah. Below is this years readings.

Exo 12:16 On the first day you shall hold a holy assembly, and on the seventh day a holy assembly. No work shall be done on those days. But what everyone needs to eat, that alone may be prepared by you (JPS). NOTE: The green background and bolded dates are Yom Tov. These dates have similar rest requirements as Shabbat – work is forbidden.

DateDetailTorah PortionHaftarah
Mon., April 22 /
Nisan 14
Erev Pesachnonenone
Tue., April 23 /
Nisan 15
Pesach 1Ex. 12:21-51
Nu. 28:16-25

1. Ex. 12:21-24
2. Ex. 12:25-28
3. Ex. 12:29-36
4. Ex. 12:37-42
5. Ex. 12:43-51
maf: Nu. 28:16-25
Ashkenazim: Jos. 3:5-7; 5:2-6:1, 27

 

Sephardim: Jos. 5:2-6:1, 27

Wed., April 24 /
Nisan 16
Pesach 2Le. 22:26-23:44
Nu. 28:16-25

1. Le. 22:26-23:3
2. Le. 23:4-14
3. Le. 23:15-22
4. Le. 23:23-32
5. Le. 23:33-44
maf: Nu. 28:16-25
2 Ki. 23:1-9; 23:21-25
Thu., April 25 /
Nisan 17
Pesach Chol ha –
Moed Day 1
Ex. 13:1-16
Nu. 28:19-25

1. Ex. 13:1-4
2. Ex. 13:5-10
3. Ex. 13:11-16
4. Nu. 28:19.25
None
Fri., April 26 /
Nisan 18
Pesach Chol ha –
Moed Day 2
Ex. 22:24-23:19
Nu. 28:19-25

1. Ex. 22:24-26
2. Ex. 22:27-23:5
3. Ex. 23:6-19
4. Nu. 28:19-25
None
Sat., April 27 /
Nisan 19
Pesach Shabbat Chol ha-
Moed
Ex. 33:12-34:26
Nu. 28:19-25

1. Ex. 33:12-16
2. Ex. 33:17-19
3. Ex. 33:20-23
4. Ex. 34:1-3
5. Ex. 34:4-10
6. Ex. 34:11-17
7. Ex. 34:18-26
maf: Nu. 28:19-25
Megillah
1. SOS. 1:1-17
2. SOS. 2:1-17
3. SOS. 3:1-11
4. SOS. 4:1-16
5. SOS. 5:1-16
6. SOS. 6:1-12
7. SOS. 7:1-14
8. SOS. 8:1-14
Ez. 37:1-14
Sun., April 28 /
Nisan 20
Pesach Chol ha –
Moed Day 4
Nu. 9:1-14, 28:19-25
1. Nu. 9:1-5
2. Nu. 9:6-8
3. Nu. 9:9-14
4. Nu. 28:19-25
None
Mon., April 29 /
Nisan 21
Pesach 7Ex. 13:17-15:26
Nu. 28:19-25

1. Ex. 13:17-22
2. Ex. 14:1-8
3. Ex. 14:9-14
4. Ex. 14:15-25
5. Ex. 14:26-15:26
maf: Nu. 28:19-25
2 Sa. 22:1-51
Tue., April 30 /
Nisan 22
Pesach 8Dt. 15:19-23 – 16:17
Nu. 28:19-25

1. Dt. 15:19-23
2. Dt. 16:1-3
3. Dt. 16:4-8
4. Dt. 16:9-12
5. Dt. 16:13-17
maf: Nu. 28:19-25
Is. 10:32-12:6

For your convenience, we have included some internal and external links. Please be aware that all links open in a new tab.

Internal Links:

Songs for Passover – Pasach song is a YouTube videos post of various songs for the Pasach Seder. This list is divided into the classics, covers, and remixes of popular songs. Many of these songs are children’s songs.

External Links:

Hebcal Jewish Holidays Link – A link to the dates of the upcoming festivals.

Passover – Wikipedia – Wikipedia article

Summary of the Passover Readings – Chabad.org provides a general summary of the eight days of reading for Peasch.

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Pentecost Dates and Readings

Pentecost Dates and Readings page contains three sections. The Pentecost Date section has the current and upcoming dates for the Pentecost / Shavuot festival. The Pentecost Readings section has the readings for the current year. It includes the reading of the Megillah Ruth. The Pentecost Dates and Readings Links section has both internal and external links.

Pentecost is called by three names in the Torah – Feast of the Harvest, the Feast of Weeks, and the Day of the First Fruits. In Jewish liturgy it is called Shavuot, “Season of the Giving of the Law.”

Pentecost Dates:

When is Pentecost this year?

Exodus 23:16 states, “and the feast of harvest, the first-fruits of thy labours, which thou sowest in the field; and the feast of ingathering, at the end of the year, when thou gatherest in thy labours out of the field.

HolidayStartsEndsHebrew Date
Shavuot 2024Tue., Jun 11Thu., Jun 13Sivan 6-7, 5784
Shavuot 2025Sun., Jun 1Tue., Jun 3Sivan 6-7, 5785
Shavuot 2026Thu., May 21Sat., May 23Sivan 6-7, 5786
Shavuot 2027Thu., Jun 10Sat., Jun 12Sivan 6-7, 5787
Shavuot 2028Tue., May 30Thu., Jun 1Sivan 6-7, 5788

Pentecost Readings:

What do we read during Pentecost?

Shavuot remained a nature festival longer than any of the other festivals. During the Second Temple era there seemed to be a demand for a new interpretation of the feast of harvest. The Rabbis reimagined it as the festival of the giving of the Torah, of God revealing Himself on Mount Sinai. A portion of doing this was creating a system of Torah Reading during this time. Below are this year’s readings.

DateDetailTorah PortionHaftarah
Tue., June 11/
Sivan 6
Shavuot 1Ex. 19:1-20:23
Nu. 28:26-31

1. Ex. 19:1-6
2. Ex. 19:7-13
3. Ex. 19:14-19
4. Ex. 19:20-20:14
5. Ex. 20:15-23
maf: Nu. 28:26-31
Ezekiel 1:1-28; 3:12
Thu., June 13/
Sivan 7
Shavuot 2Dt. 15:19-16:17
Nu. 28:19-25

1. Dt. 15:19-23
2. Dt. 16:1-3
3. Dt. 16:4-8
4. Dt. 16:9-12
5. Dt. 16:13-17
maf: Nu. 28:26-31
Megillah
1. Ru. 1:1-22
2. Ru. 2:1-23
3. Ru. 3:1-18
4. Ru. 4:1-22
Ashkenazim: Hab. 3:1-19

 

Sephardim: Hab. 2:20-3:19

For your convenience, we have included some internal and external links. Please be aware that all links open in a new tab.

Internal Links:

Shavuot – This post was created for celebration in the Diaspora. It shares the various names, customs, Scripture readings, and much more for this festival.

Songs for Shavuot – Shavuot song is a YouTube videos post of various songs for the Shavuot. This list is divided into the traditional, BSI, and additional play list. The selected songs are wedding themed or sings/chants about the giving of the Torah to Moses.

Seven Heaven Bread – This is an article written about the beatufi history of this

External Links:

Hebcal Jewish Holidays Link – A link to the dates of the upcoming festivals.

Shavuot – Wikipedia – Wikipedia article

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The Seven Heavens Bread

The Seven Heavens Bread

The Seven Heavens Bread, Pan de Siete Cielos, is a traditional dairy-based yeast bread served only on Shavuot by the Sephardim.  Like many medieval traditions, the origin of this bread is unknown. Seemingly this tradition has survived the Spanish Inquisition and the Nazi Holocaust. Today, thanks to the internet, it is gaining recognition and Jews are once more serving this wonderful bread.

Shavuot

Shavuot

Shavuot is technically the third festival listed in Leviticus 27. In the Torah it is called, the feast of harvest or the first fruits. In the New Testament it is called Pentecost. In the Postbiblical writings it called by multiple names i.e., feast of the Law giving, Atzeret Shel Pesach, or Zeman Mattan Toratenu.

Shavuot Summary

Shavuot does not have a set date per se. Torah tells us to count fifty days after the Passover Shabbat. In the land of Israel, it is a one-day celebration. In the diaspora it is a two-day celebration.