Parashat Shimini – 29 Nissan5778 / April 14,2018

Any year (e.g.2015,2018) when the 7th day of Pesach falls on a Friday, the Torah reading of Parashat Shimini will occur on different dates in Israel and outside Israel.

In Israel, it will be read immediately on Shabbat after the conclusion of the holiday of Pesach, which is observed only 7 days in length. In the Diaspora, the Shabbat  after the 7th day of Pesach is observed as the 8th day of Pesach and therefore, the Torah reading of Shimini is postponed until the next Shabbat.

The meaning of Shimini is 8. Because the Torah reading of Shimini is postponed, Parashat Shimini is read 8 times as follows:

  1. On Shabbat before Passover at Mincha
  2. On Monday and Thursday the following week at Shaharit
  3. On Shabbat of Pesach 1 at Mincha
  4. On Shabbat of Pesach 8th at Mincha
  5. On Monday and Thursday the week after Pesach
  6. On Shabbat after Pesach at Shaharit.