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The Arba Parshiyot
This Shabbat begins the period in which Jews around the world have been reading the Arbah parshiyot – the four special passages known as Shekalim, Zachor, Parah and HaChodesh. These parshiyot, read as the Maftir, after the weekly Torah portion, prepare us for Pesach by expressing the values of communal commitment and involvement, integral to the holiday. How do these specific parshiyot remind us and therefore motivate us in our communal responsibilities? Parshat Shekal