Shabbat HaChodesh ("Sabbath [of the] month" שבת החודש) precedes the first of the Hebrew month of Nisan during which Passover is celebrated. Exodus 12:1-20 and the laws of Passover. On the first day of Nisan, God presented the first commandment of how to "sanctify the new moon" (kiddush hachodesh) for the onset of Rosh Chodesh and thus Nisan becomes the first month of the Jewish year (counting by months.).

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List of Dates

Shabbat HaChodesh begins in the Diaspora on:

Shabbat HaChodesh - שבת החדש

Torah Portion: Exodus 12:1 - 12:20 (special maftir)

maf: Exodus 12:1-20 (20 p'sukim)

Haftarah: Ezekiel 45:16 - 46:18

Shabbat HaChodesh (on Rosh Chodesh) - שבת החדש

Torah Portion: Numbers 28:9 - 28:15 & Exodus 12:1 - 12:20

8: Numbers 28:9-15 (7 p'sukim)
maf: Exodus 12:1-20 (20 p'sukim)

Haftarah: Ezekiel 45:16 - 46:18

References

The Jewish Holidays: A Guide & Commentary
Rabbi Michael Strassfeld
Hebrew - English Bible
Mechon Mamre
Tanakh: The Holy Scriptures
Jewish Publication Society
"Special Shabbat" in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia
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