Sh’mini Atzeret

Devarim (Deuteronomy) 14:22 – 16:17

22You shall tithe the entire crop of your planting, the produce of the field, year by year. 23And you shall eat before HaShem, your G-d, in the place that he will choose to rest His Name there — the tithe of your grain, your wine, and your oil, and the firstborn of your cattle and your flocks, so that you will learn to fear HaShem, your G-d, all the days. 24If the road will be too long for you, so that you cannot carry it, because the place that HaShem, your G-d, will choose to place His Name there is far from you, for HaShem, your G-d, will have blessed you — 25then you may exchange it for money, wrap your money in your hand, and go to the place that HaShem, your G-d, will choose. 26You may spend the money for whatever your soul desires — for cattle, for flocks, for wine, or for alcoholic beverage, or anything that your soul wishes; you shall eat it there before HaShem, your G-d, and rejoice — you and your household. 27You shall not forsake the Levi who is in your cities, for he has no portion or inheritance with you.

28At the end of three years you shall take out every tithe of your crop in that year and set it down within your cities. 29Then the Levi’im can come — for he has no portion or inheritance with you — and the proselyte, the orphan, and the widow who are in your cities, so that they may eat and be satisfied in order that HaShem, your G-d, will bless you in all your handiwork that you may undertake.

Chapter 15
1At the end of seven years you shall institute a remission. 2This is the matter of the remission: Every creditor shall remit his authority over what he has lent his fellow; he shall not press his fellow or his brother, for He has proclaimed a remission for HaShem. 3You may press the gentile; but over what you have with your brother, you shall remit your authority. 4However, may there be no destitute among you; rather HaShem, will surely bless you in the Land that HaShem, your G-d, will give you as an inheritance, to possess it, 5only if you will hearken to the voice of HaShem, your G-d, to observe, to perform this entire commandment that I command you today. 6For HaShem, your G-d, has blessed you as He told you; you will lend to many nations, but you will not borrow; and you will dominate many nations, but they will not dominate you.

7If there shall be a destitute person among you, any of your brethren in any of your cities, in your Land that HaShem, your G-d, gives you, you shall not harden your heart or close your hand against your destitute brother. 8Rather, you shall open your hand to him; you shall lend him his requirement, whatever is lacking to him. 9Beware lest there be a lawless thought in your heart, saying, “The seventh year approaches, the remission year,” and you will look malevolently upon your destitute brother and refuse to give to him — then he may appeal against you to HaShem, and it will be a sin upon you. 10You surely give to him, and let your heart not feel bad when you give him, for in return for this matter, HaShem, your G-d, will bless you in all your deeds and in your every undertaking. 11For destitute people will not cease to exist within the Land; therefore I command you, saying, “You shall surely open your hand to your brother, to your poor, and to your destitute in your Land.”

12If your brother, a Hebrew man or a Hebrew woman, will be sold to you, he shall serve you for six years, and in the seventh year you shall send him away from you free. 13But when you send him away from your free, you shall not send him away empty handed. 14Adorn him generously from your flocks, from your threshing floor, and from your wine cellar; as HaShem, your G-d, has blessed you, so shall you give him. 15You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Mitzrayim, and HaShem, your G-d, redeemed you; therefore, I command you regarding this matter today.

16In the event he will say to you, “I will not leave you,” for he loves you and your household, for it is good for him with you, 17then you shall take the awl and put it through his ear and the door, and he shall be for you an eternal slave; even to your maidservant shall you do the same. 18It shall not be difficult in your eyes when you send him away free from you, for twice the wage of a hired hand — six years — has he served you; and HaShem, your G-d, will bless you in all that you do.

19Every firstborn male that is born in your cattle and in your flock, you shall sanctify to HaShem, your G-d, you shall not work with the firstborn of your ox nor shall you shear the firstborn of your flock. 20Before HaShem, your G-d, shall you eat it, year by year, in the place that HaShem will choose, you and your household. 21If it shall have a blemish —  lameness of blindness or any serious blemish — you shall not slaughter it to HaShem, your G-d. 22In your cities shall you eat it, the contaminated one and the pure one alike, like the deer and the hart. 23However you shall not eat its blood; you shall pour it onto the ground like water.

Chapter 16
1You shall observe the month of springtime and perform the pesach-offering for HaShem, your G-d, for in the month of springtime HaShem, your G-d, took you out of Mitzrayim at night. 2You shall slaughter the pesach-offering to HaShem, your G-d, from the flock, and also offer cattle, in the place where HaShem will choose to rest His Name. 3You shall not eat leavened bread with it, for seven days you shall eat matzos because of it, bread of affliction, for you departed from the land of Mitzrayim in haste — so that you will remember the day of your departure from the land of Mitzrayim all the days of your life.

4No leaven of yours shall be seen throughout your boundary for seven days, nor shall any of the flesh that you slaughter on the afternoon before the first day remain overnight until morning. 5You may not slaughter the pesach-offering in one of your cities that HaShem, your G-d, gives you; 6except at the place that HaShem, your G-d, will choose to rest His Name, there shall you slaughter the pesach-offering in the afternoon, when the sun descends, the appointed time of departure from Mitzrayim. 7You shall roast it and eat it in the place that HaShem, your G-d, will choose, and in the morning you may turn back and go to your tents. 8For a six-day period you shall eat matzos and on the seventh day shall be an assembly to HaShem, your G-d; you shall not perform labor.

9You shall count seven weeks for yourself; from when the sickle is first put to the standing crop shall you begin, counting seven weeks. 10Then you shall observe the festival of Shavuot, for HaShem, your G-d; the voluntary offerings that you give should be commensurate with how much HaShem, your G-d, will have blessed you. 11You shall rejoice before HaShem, your G-d, — you, your son, your daughter, your slave, your maidservant, the Levi’im who is in your cities, the proselyte, the orphan, and the widow who are among you — in the place that HaShem, your G-d, will choose to rest His Name. 12You shall remember that you were a slave in Mitzrayim, and you shall observe and perform these decrees.

13You shall make the festival of Succot for a seven day period, when you gather in from your threshing floor and your wine vat. 14You shall rejoice on your festival — you, your son, your daughter, your slave, your maidservant, the Levi’im, the proselyte, the orphan, and the widow who are in your cities. 15A seven-day period shall you celebrate to HaShem, your G-d, in the place that He will choose, for HaShem will have blessed you in all your crop and in all your handiwork, and you will be completely joyous.

16Three times a year all your males should appear before HaShem, your G-d, in the place that He will choose: on the Festival of Matzos, the Festival of Shavuot, and the Festival of Succot; and he shall not appear before HaShem empty-handed, 17everyone according to what he can give, according to the bless that HaShem, your G-d, gives you.

BaMidbar (Numbers) 29:35 – 30:1

35The eighth day shall be a restriction for you; you shall not do any laborious work. 36You shall offer an elevation-offering, a fire-offering, a satisfying aroma to HaShem; one bull, one ram, seven lambs within their first year, unblemished. 37Their meal-offering and libations for the bull, the ram, and the lambs shall be in their proper numbers, as required. 38One he-goat for a sin-offering; aside from the continual elevation-offering, its meal-offering and its libation.

39These are what you shall make for HaShem on your appointed festivals, aside from your vows and your free-will offerings for you elevation-offering, your meal-offerings, your libations and your peace-offerings.

Chapter 30
1Moshe said to the Children of Israel according to everything HaShem had commanded Moshe.

I Kings 8:54 – 66
54And it was when Sh’lomo (Solomon) had finished praying to HaShem this entire prayer and supplication, he stood up from having knelt on his knees before the Altar of HaShem with his hands spread out heavenward. 55He stood and blessed the entire congregation of Yisra’el in a loud voice, saying, 56“Blessed is HaShem Who has granted rest to His people Yisra’el, according to all that He has spoken; not one word has gone unfulfilled from the entire gracious promise that He pronounced through the hand of His servant Moshe. 57May HaShem, our G-d, be with us as He was with our forefathers, may He not forsake us nor cast us off, 58to turn our hearts to Him, to walk in all His ways and to observe His commandments, decrees and statutes that He commanded our forefathers. 59And may these word of mine that I have supplicated before HaShem be near to HaShem, our G-d, day and night, that He may grant the just due of His servant and the just due of His people Yisra’el, each day’s need in its day. 60so that all the peoples of the earth shall know that HaShem is G-d – there is no other. 61May your hearts remain perfect with HaShem our G-d, to follow His decrees and to observe His commandments as on this very day.”

62The king and all Yisra’el with him were bringing an offering before HaShem. 63Sh’lomo brought the peace-offering that he offered to HaShem: cattle, twenty-two thousand, and of the flock, one hundred and twenty thousand; and they dedicated the Temple of HaShem – the king and all the Children of Yisra’el.

64On that day the king sanctified the interior of the Courtyard that was before the Temple of HaShem, for there he performed the service of the elevation-offering, the meal-offering and the fats of the peace-offering; for the Copper Altar that was before HaShem was too small to contain the elevation-offering, the meal-offering and the fats of the peace-offering.

65At that time Sh’lomo instituted the celebration – and all Yisra’el was with him, a huge congregation, from the Approach of Hamath until the Brook of Mitzrayim – before HaShem our G-d, for seven days and seven [more] days, fourteen days. 66On the eighth day, he sent the people off, and they blessed the king. They then went to their homes, joyous and good-hearted over all the goodness that HaShem had shown to His servant David and to His people Yisra’el.

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