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ZionTimes Torah Archive Torah Archive - Parashas Pesach — Eighth Day (Shabbat) ZionTimes Torah Archive
 

Devarim/Deuteronomy  14:22 - 16:17

Chapter 14

22 You shall tithe the entire crop of your planting, the produce of the field, year by year.  23 And you shall eat it before Hashem, your God, in the place that He will choose to rest His Name — 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 God, all the days.  24 If the road will be too long for you, so that you cannot carry it, because the place that Hashem, your God, will choose to place His Name there is far from you, for Hashem, your God, will have blessed you,  25 then you may exchange it for money, wrap up the money in your hand, and go to the place that Hashem, your God, will choose.  26 You may spend the money for whatever your heart 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 God, and rejoice — you and your household.  27 You shall not forsake the Levite who is in your ciites, for he has no portion or inheritance with you.

28 At the end of three years you shall take out every tithe of your crop in that year and set it down within your cities.  29 Then the Levite 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 they may eat and be satisfied, in order that Hashem, your God, will bless you in all your handiwork that you may undertake.

Chapter 15

1 At the end of seven years you shall institute a remission.  2 This 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.  3 You may press the gentile; but over what you have with your brother, you shall remit your authority.  4 However, may there be no destitute among you; rather Hashem, will surely bless you in the Land that Hashem, your God, will give you as an inheritance, to possess it,  5 only if you will hearken to the voice of Hashem, your God, to observe, to perform this entire commandment that I command you today.  6 For Hashem, your God, has blessed you as He has 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.

7 If there shall be a destitute person among you, any of your brethren in any of your cities, in the Land that Hashem, your God, gives you, you shall not harden your heart or close your hand against your destitute brother.  8 Rather, you shall open your hand to him; you shall lend him his requirement, whatever is lacking to him.  9 Beware 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 him — then he may appeal against you to Hashem, and it will be a sin upon you.  10 You shall surely give him, and let your heart not feel bad when you give him, for in return for this matter, Hashem, your God, will bless you in all your deeds and in your every undertaking.  11 For 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."

12 If 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.  13 But when you send him away free, you shall not send him away empty-handed.  14 Adorn him generously from your flocks, from your threshing floor, and from your wine-cellar; as Hashem, your God, has blessed you, so shall you give him.  15 You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and Hashem, your God, redeemed you; therefore, I command you regarding this matter today.

16 In 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,  17 then 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.  18 It shall not be difficult in your eyes when you send him away free from you, for twice as much as a hired hand — six years — has he served you; and Hashem, your God, will bless you in all that you do.

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

Chapter 16

1 You shall observe the month of springtime and perform the pesach-offering for Hashem, your God, for in the month of springtime Hashem, your God, took you out of Egypt at night.  2 You shall slaughter the pesach-offering to Hashem, your God, from the flock, [and also offer] cattle, in the place where Hashem will choose to rest His Name.  3 You 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 Egypt in haste — so that you will remember the day of your departure from the land of Egypt all the days of your life.

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

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

13 You shall make the festival of Succos for a seven-day period, when you gather in from your threshing floor and from your wine cellar.  14 You shall rejoice on your festival — you, your son, your daughter, your slave, your maidservant, the Levite, the proselyte, the orphan, and the widow who are in your cities.  15 A seven-day period shall you celebrate to Hashem, your God, in the place that Hashem, your God, will choose, for Hashem will have blessed you in all your crop and in all your handiwork, and you will be completely joyous.

16 Three times a year all your males should appear before Hashem, your God, in the place that He will choose - on the Festival of Matzos, the Festival of Shavuos, and the Festival of Succos; and he shall not appear before Hashem empty-handed,  17 everyone according to what he can give, according to the blessing that Hashem, your God, gives you.

 


Haftaras Pesach — Eighth Day




 
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