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15th Sh’vat 5777

Torah Readings

Exodus 14:26-15:27 – Pursuit of Egyptians; Song of the Sea
Exodus 15:19-16:10 – Song of Miriam; Journey to Sinai

Haftarah Reading

Judges 5:1-31 – Song of Deborah

Tu BiSh’vat

Tu BiSh’vat, the fifteenth day of the month of Sh’vat is one of four ‘New Years’ in the Jewish calendar. It appeared in the calendar as a point to calculate the age of trees, for determining when they could be harvested and when they were to be tithed for the Temple. It has become a time to think about trees and wider ecological questions and activities include planting trees, eating fruits, and having a Tu BiSh’vat Seder, a ritual that began with the kabbalistic masters of the 15th century.


The readings are taken from the official luach prepared by the Assembly of Reform Rabbis UK. Please note that the English text of these Torah portions is taken from the 1917 JPS translation and may differ from translations used in our communities. Occasionally alternative portions may be read, please contact your synagogue or rabbi to confirm the exact readings.

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