Shabbat Zachor / שַׁבָּת זָכוֹר

Shabbat before Purim 🕍

Shabbat Zachor for Hebrew Year 5784 begins at sundown on and ends at nightfall on . This corresponds to Parashat Vayikra.

Shabbat Zachor (“Sabbath [of] remembrance שבת זכור) is the Shabbat immediately preceding Purim. Deuteronomy 25:17-19, describing the attack by Amalek, is recounted. There is a tradition from the Talmud that Haman, the antagonist of the Purim story, was descended from Amalek. The portion that is read includes a commandment to remember the attack by Amalek, and therefore at this public reading both men and women make a special effort to hear the reading.

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Dates for Shabbat Zachor

HolidayStartsEndsHebrew Date
Shabbat Zachor 2020
Parashat Tetzaveh
11 Adar 5780
Shabbat Zachor 2021
Parashat Terumah
8 Adar 5781
Shabbat Zachor 2022
Parashat Vayikra
9 Adar II 5782
Shabbat Zachor 2023
Parashat Tetzaveh
11 Adar 5783
Shabbat Zachor 2024
Parashat Vayikra
13 Adar II 5784
Shabbat Zachor 2025
Parashat Tetzaveh
8 Adar 5785
Shabbat Zachor 2026
Parashat Tetzaveh
11 Adar 5786
Shabbat Zachor 2027
Parashat Vayikra
11 Adar II 5787


Shabbat Zachor / שַׁבָּת זָכוֹר

  1. maf: Deuteronomy 25:17-19 · 3 p’sukim ·

Haftarah: I Samuel 15:2-34 · 33 p’sukim


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Rabbi Michael Strassfeld
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Tanakh: The Holy Scriptures (paid link)
Jewish Publication Society
"Shabbat Zachor – of Remembrance" in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia
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