Shabbat Zachor 2020 / שַׁבָּת זָכוֹר 5780

Shabbat Zachor (Shabbat before Purim) for Hebrew Year 5780 began on and ended on .

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 2017 13 Adar 5777
Shabbat Zachor 2018 9 Adar 5778
Shabbat Zachor 2019 9 Adar II 5779
Shabbat Zachor 2020 11 Adar 5780
Shabbat Zachor 2021 8 Adar 5781
Shabbat Zachor 2022 9 Adar II 5782
Shabbat Zachor 2023 11 Adar 5783
Shabbat Zachor 2024 13 Adar II 5784
Shabbat Zachor 2025 8 Adar 5785
Shabbat Zachor 2026 11 Adar 5786


Shabbat Zachor / שַׁבָּת זָכוֹר

Torah Portion: Exodus 27:20-30:10

Haftarah: I Samuel 15:2 - 15:34 (33 p'sukim)


The Jewish Holidays: A Guide & Commentary (paid link)
Rabbi Michael Strassfeld
Sefaria Tanakh
Tanakh: The Holy Scriptures (paid link)
Jewish Publication Society
"Special Shabbat#Shabbat Zachor" in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia
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