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Parashat Shmini is the 26th weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading.
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. 
Haftarah for Ashkenazim*:
· 23 p’sukim
Haftarah for Sephardim*: II Samuel 6:1-19 · 19 p’sukim
Alternate Haftarah: II Samuel 6:1-15 · 15 p’sukim