Leviticus 22:26-23:44: Divinely Ordained Festivals

The Torah reading for the first two days of Sukkot

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This portion covers all the “sacred occasions” that are mentioned in the Torah.  It is only at the very end that Sukkot –and its symbols of the sukkah and four species – is mentioned.  In the Reform tradition only the part that specifically focuses on Sukkot (Leviticus 23:33-44) is read on the holiday.

This English translation is reprinted with permission from Tanakh: The Holy Scriptures published by the Jewish Publication Society.

22:26.     The LORD spoke to Moses, saying:

22:27.     When an ox or a sheep or a goat is born, it shall stay seven days with its mother, and from the eighth day on it shall be acceptable as an offering by fire to the LORD.

22:28.     However, no animal from the herd or from the flock shall be slaughtered on the same day with its young.

22:29.     When you sacrifice a thanksgiving offering to the LORD, sacrifice it so that it may be acceptable in your favor.

22:30.     lt shall be eaten on the same day; you shall not leave any of it until morning: I am the LORD.

22:31.     You shall faithfully observe My commandments: I am the LORD.

22:32.     You shall not profane My holy name, that I may be sanctified in the midst of the Israelite people -I the LORD who sanctify you,

22:33.      I who brought you out of the land of Egypt to be your God, I the LORD.

23:1.         The LORD spoke to Moses, saying:

23:2.         Speak to the Israelite people and say to them:

These are My fixed times, the fixed times of the LORD, which you shall proclaim as sacred occasions.

23:3.         On six days work may be done, but on the seventh day there shall be a sabbath of complete rest, a sacred occasion. You shall do no work; it shall be a sabbath of the LORD throughout your settlements.

23:4.         These are the set times of the LoRD, the sacred occasions, which you shall celebrate each at its appointed time:

23:5.         In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, at twilight, there shall be a passover offering to the LORD,

23:6.         and on the fifteenth day of that month the LORD's Feast of Unleavened Bread. You shall eat unleavened bread for seven days.

23:7.         The first day shall be for you a sacred occasion: you shall not work at your occupations.

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