Exodus 35:1-40:38 (P 668, RP 612, WTC 523)
We conclude the book of Exodus. The final verse of the book is chanted with a special melody. As the reader finishes chanting, the congregation rises. Before the oleh chants the concluding Torah blessing, the congregation chants "Chazak, Chazak, V'nitchazek." The Torah reader then chants the same words. The oleh then recites the concluding Torah blessing.
I Kings 7:51-8:21
I Kings 7:40-7:50 (P 726, RP 625)
Leviticus 1:1-13 (P 757, RP 660, WTC 571)
Shabbat Parah is the third of the five special Shabbatot before Pesach. The additional Torah portion we read on this day (Numbers 19:1-22) describes the ritual of the Parah Adumah, the red heifer. After the heifer was slaughtered and burned, its ashes were used to purify members of the Israelite community who, in their state of impurity, would not be allowed to partake of the Passover sacrifice. The Haftarah from Ezekiel discusses a process of moral and spiritual cleansing.
Numbers 19:1-22 (P 1145, RP 1024, WTC 917)
Ezekiel 36:22-36 (P 1651, RP 1455)
Before returning the Torah to the ark, recite Birkat Hachodesh (MT 379) for the new month of Nisan. Rosh Chodesh Nisan occurs on Saturday in the coming week.