Torah Tidbits

3 September 2014 / 8 Elul 5774
Issue 1039
Shabbat Parshat Tzav-Hagadol-Shmini
March 21, 2013

Word of the Month

Word of the Month

Last opportunity for Kiddush L’vana for Nissan: WED Mar 27, until 12:22am (of Thursday). That’s the third night of Pesach - unusual for Kiddush L’vana to go that far into Pesach. 5773 is a CHASEIR year, meaning that we had three months in a row with 29 days each (Marcheshvan, Kislev, and Tevet). The duration from one molad to the next is more than 29 days. So the moladot kept advancing in relation to Rosh Chodesh. With the months now alternating between 29 & 30 days, the molad will stay on or close to R"Ch.
In 12-month years, TZAV is always Shabbat HaGadol. In 13-month years, it can be Zachor, J’lem Purim, Para (most common), or read alone.
Here’s the other side of the coin - In 12-month years, HAGADOL is always Shabbat Parshat Tzav. In 13-month years, it is most often Shabbat Parshat M’tzora and occasionally on Shabbat Parshat Acharei.

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