Shabbat Shekalim ("Sabbath [of] shekels" שבת שקלים) read in preparation for Purim, requests each adult male Jew contribute half of a Biblical shekel for the upkeep of the Tent of Meeting. The Torah portion Exodus 30:11-16 is read. This Shabbat takes place on the Shabbat before the 1st of the Hebrew calendar month of Adar, or on the 1st of Adar itself if it falls on Shabbat. In leap years on the Hebrew calendar, when there are two months of Adar, Shabbat Shekalim is on the Shabbat before the 1st of Adar II (or on the 1st of Adar II itself if it is Shabbat).

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List of Dates

Shabbat Shekalim begins in the Diaspora on:

Shabbat Shekalim - שבת שקלים

Torah Portion: Exodus 30:11 - 30:16 (special maftir)

maf: Exodus 30:11-16 (6 p'sukim)

Haftarah: II Kings 12:1 - 12:17

Shabbat Shekalim (on Rosh Chodesh) - שבת שקלים

Torah Portion: Numbers 28:9 - 28:15 & Exodus 30:11 - 30:16

8: Numbers 28:9-15 (7 p'sukim)
maf: Exodus 30:11-16 (6 p'sukim)

Haftarah: II Kings 12:1 - 12:17

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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