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This reading includes the biblical commandment to consecrate the first-born males of the flock to God. It then turns to the commandment to observe three pilgrimage festivals — Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot, and enumerates the laws prohibiting the consumption of leavened products on Passover.


Deuteronomy 15:19 - 16:17
Numbers 28:26 - 28:31

Habakkuk 3:1-19

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