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Torah and Haftarah Portions for the Month of March 2017
» March 4 - Terumah (Exodus 25:1-27:19
); Haftarah (I Kings 5:26-6:13)
» March 11 - Tetzaveh (Exodus 27:20-30:10
); Haftarah (Ezekiel 43:10-43:27)
» March 18
- Ki Tisa
(Exodus 30:11-34:35: Haftarah (I Kings 18:1-18:39)
» March 25 - Va'yakahel/Pekudei
(Exodus 35:1-40:38); Haftarah (I Kings 7:51-8:21)
Jewish Holidays in
March 2017 (note: Jewish holidays begin at
sunset on the previous night unless otherwise noted):
» March 9 (11 Adar) - Fast of Esther. A fast day (from
sunrise to sunset on March4) commemorating Queen Esther's fast
before approaching King Ahashveros to save the Jews.
March 12 (14 Adar) -
Purim. The Biblical Book of Esther
provides the narrative for the story of the near destruction of the Jews in
Shushan, Persia in the 4th Century before the Common
Era. King Ahasueros banned his wife Vashti and then held a
beauty contest to select his new wife. He chose a woman named
Hadassah (who had changed her name to Esther), unaware that she was Jewish.
minister, Haman, called for Jewish genocide, and the king signed the
decree. With the support of her cousin Mordechai, Esther took
her life into her hands by approaching the king to disclose to him
that she was Jewish. The king hanged Haman on the scaffolding
that Haman had built for Mordechai. Although he could not
reverse his royal decree, the king allowed the Jews to defend
themselves. We celebrate the holiday of Purim by reading
the Book of Esther in synagogues and having great celebrations. Every time the name
said, the children drown it
out with noisemakers called "groggers." According to the
Talmud, it is permissible to get so drunk that one cannot tell the
difference between "Cursed Haman" and "Blessed
Mordechai." (Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Magillah
7B.) In synagogues, the story of Purim is satirized as broadly
as the community can tolerate in what is called a Purimspiel.
Also, there is a gift exchange, called Mishloach Manot (Hebrew for
"sending gifts"), which evolved from providing food to the
hungry. Note: the Book of Esther is only one of two books in the
Jewish Bible that does not mention G-d (the other is Song of Songs).
For more information about Purim, click here.
» March 13 - (15
Adar) - Shushan
Purim. In walled cities (such as Jerusalem), Purim is also
celebrated one additional day.