Parashat Shmini / פָּרָשַׁת שְּׁמִינִי

Parashat Shmini is the 26th weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading. Next read on / 24 Nisan 5783.

Torah Portion: Leviticus 9:1-11:47

Shemini (“Eighth”) opens with the consecration of the Mishkan (Tabernacle). Two of Aaron’s sons are consumed by a fire sent from God when they attempt to offer a “strange fire.” God describes the animals, birds, and fish that are permissible and prohibited for consumption, as well as some laws of ritual purity. [1]

Full Kriyah
  1. 1: 9:1-16 · 16 p’sukim ·
  2. 2: 9:17-23 · 7 p’sukim ·
  3. 3: 9:24-10:11 · 12 p’sukim ·
  4. 4: 10:12-15 · 4 p’sukim ·
  5. 5: 10:16-20 · 5 p’sukim ·
  6. 6: 11:1-32 · 32 p’sukim ·
  7. 7: 11:33-47 · 15 p’sukim ·
  8. maf: 11:45-47 · 3 p’sukim ·

N.B. special maftir in years 5782, 5784, 5787, 5790, 5793, 5795

Haftarah for Ashkenazim: II Samuel 6:1-7:17 · 40 p’sukim

Haftarah for Sephardim: II Samuel 6:1-19 · 19 p’sukim

N.B. special Haftarah in years 5782, 5784, 5787, 5789, 5790, 5792, 5793, 5795, 5796

Triennial Year 1
  1. 1: 9:1-6 · 6 p’sukim ·
  2. 2: 9:7-10 · 4 p’sukim ·
  3. 3: 9:11-16 · 6 p’sukim ·
  4. 4: 9:17-23 · 7 p’sukim ·
  5. 5: 9:24-10:3 · 4 p’sukim ·
  6. 6: 10:4-7 · 4 p’sukim ·
  7. 7: 10:8-11 · 4 p’sukim ·
  8. maf: 10:8-11 · 4 p’sukim ·

Alternate Haftarah: II Samuel 6:1-15 · 15 p’sukim

Triennial Year 2
  1. 1: 10:12-15 · 4 p’sukim ·
  2. 2: 10:16-20 · 5 p’sukim ·
  3. 3: 11:1-8 · 8 p’sukim ·
  4. 4: 11:9-12 · 4 p’sukim ·
  5. 5: 11:13-19 · 7 p’sukim ·
  6. 6: 11:20-28 · 9 p’sukim ·
  7. 7: 11:29-32 · 4 p’sukim ·
  8. maf*: Exodus 12:1-20 · 20 p’sukim ·
    *Shabbat HaChodesh

Haftarah*: Ezekiel 45:16-46:18 · 28 p’sukim
*Shabbat HaChodesh

Triennial Year 3
  1. 1: 11:1-8 · 8 p’sukim ·
  2. 2: 11:9-12 · 4 p’sukim ·
  3. 3: 11:13-19 · 7 p’sukim ·
  4. 4: 11:20-28 · 9 p’sukim ·
  5. 5: 11:29-32 · 4 p’sukim ·
  6. 6: 11:33-38 · 6 p’sukim ·
  7. 7: 11:39-47 · 9 p’sukim ·
  8. maf: 11:45-47 · 3 p’sukim ·

Alternate Haftarah: Hosea 9:1-9 · 9 p’sukim

Weekday for Shabbat afternoon, Monday & Thursday
  1. 1: 9:1-6 · 6 p’sukim ·
  2. 2: 9:7-10 · 4 p’sukim ·
  3. 3: 9:11-16 · 6 p’sukim ·

List of Dates

Parashat Shmini is read in the Diaspora on:

References

Parashat Shmini from Sefaria.org
Sefaria, Inc.
The Chumash: The Stone Edition (Artscroll Series) (paid link)
Nosson Scherman, Mesorah Publications, 1993
A Complete Triennial System for Reading the Torah
Committee on Jewish Law and Standards of the Rabbinical Assembly, 1988
Modification of the Triennial Cycle Readings for Combined Parashot in Certain Years
Rabbi Miles B. Cohen, 2020