07 April 2016

HaChodesh: The Fourth of the Special Parshiot

29 Adar II 5776
Erev Shabbat Kodesh
Erev Rosh Chodesh Nisan
Parshat Tazria - HaChodesh

What is Parshat HaChodesh?

Parshat HaChodesh is a special section of the Torah (Exodus 12:1-20) which is read on the Shabbat before the month of Nissan. Or, if Rosh Chodesh Nissan falls out on Shabbat, this section is read on that day. It is read as a preparation for Pesach, and discusses various commandments related to the holiday, including the Paschal offering, bitter herbs, Matzah, and the Seder.

This portion begins with the instruction to create a lunar calendar, (the first commandment given to the Jews as a nation,) giving the portion its name, Parshat HaChodesh, which means "the Portion of [the Torah which discusses] the Month."

~ Shabbat shalom - Chodesh Tov ~