Shabbat Parah ("Sabbath [of the] red heifer" שבת פרה) takes place on the Shabbat before Shabbat HaChodesh, in preparation for Passover. Numbers 19:1-22 describes the parah adumah ("red heifer") in the Jewish temple as part of the manner in which the kohanim and the Jewish people purified themselves so that they would be ready ("pure") to sacrifice the korban Pesach.

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List of Dates

Shabbat Parah begins in the Diaspora on:

Torah Reading

Torah Portion: Numbers 19:1 - 19:22 (special maftir)

maf: Numbers 19:1-22 (22 p'sukim)

Haftarah: Ezekiel 36:16 - 36:38

References

The Jewish Holidays: A Guide & Commentary
Rabbi Michael Strassfeld
Sefaria Tanach
Sefaria.org
Tanakh: The Holy Scriptures
Jewish Publication Society
"Special Shabbat" in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia
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