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This is an archive of special readings for the festival of Shemini Atseret (including Simḥat Torah).

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הפטרה לחג הפאי | Haftarah for the Festival of Pi, the twenty-second day of the seventh month (which falls on Shmini Atseret), I Kings 7:23-26 and 8:54-66

Shmini Atseret is a strange festival. In some ways part of Sukkot, in some ways its own thing, it occupies an equivocal place in the yearly cycle. But one thing that is completely true: Shmini Atseret is on Pi Day. Well, Pi Approximation Day — the twenty-second day of the seventh month. Inspired by my friend and math enthusiast Aryeh Baruch (may he have a long life), I’ve compiled this altered form of the haftarah for Shmini Atseret in the diaspora, including the description of King Solomon’s “molten sea,” as well as an Aramaic “reshut” poem with a numeral acrostic of the first few digits of pi. . . .

Haftarah Reading for Shemini Atseret (1 Kings 8:54-9:1): Chantable English translation with trōp, by Len Fellman

The haftarah reading for Shemini Atseret, in English translation, transtropilized. . . .

פָּרָשַׁת וְזֹאת הַבְּרָכָה | Parashat v’Zōt haBrakhah (Deuteronomy 33:1-34:12), color-coded according to its narrative layers

The text of parashat v’Zot haBrakhah, distinguished according to the stratigraphic layers of its composition according to the Supplementary Hypothesis. . . .

Torah Reading for Parashat v’Zōt haBrakhah (Deuteronomy 33:1-34:12): Chantable English translation with trōp, by Len Fellman

A Torah reading of Parashat v’Zot haBrakhah in English translation, transtropilized. . . .

Haftarah Reading for Parashat Zot haBrakhah and Simḥat Torah (Joshua 1:1-18): Chantable English translation with trōp, by Len Fellman

The hafatarah reading for Parashat Zot haBrakhah and Simḥat Torah in English translation, transtropilized. . . .

פָּרָשַׁת בְּרֵאשִׁית | Parashat Bereshit (Genesis 1:1-6:8), color-coded according to its narrative layers

The text of parashat Bereishit, distinguished according to the stratigraphic layers of its composition according to the Supplementary Hypothesis. . . .

Torah Reading for Simḥat Torah Morning (Genesis 1:1-2:3): Chantable English translation with trōp, by Len Fellman

This is an English translation of the Torah reading for Simḥat Torah Morning (Genesis 1:1-2:3), transtropilized. . . .