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  • Shabbat Shuva

    Shabbat Shuva

    Shabbat Shuvah is a special Shabbat that occurs on the Shabbat that falls during the Ten Days of Teshuvah between Rosh ha-Shanah and Yom Kippur. The haftarah, Shuvah Yisrael, which begins with the word shuva (return), is a combination of verses: Hoshea’ 14:2-10; Micha 7:18-20; Yoel 2:15-27.

  • Shabbat Zachor

    Shabbat Zachor

    שבת זכור – A special Shabbat and the second of the Four Parshiyot, Shabbat Zachor occurs on the Shabbat preceding Purim. The maftir comes from Ki Tetze, including the commandment to remember what Amalek did to Benei Yisrael, from which its name, Zachor (“remember”), is taken; the haftarah is Shmuel Alef 15:2-34.

  • Shas

    Shas

    ש”ס – An acronym for the Talmud, from shishah sedarim (שישה סדרים), the six orders into which both Mishnah and the Gemara on it are divided. Each order of the Mishnah contains multiple massekhtot (tractates, sing. massekhet), not all of which have commentary (Gemara) on them.

  • Shulchan Aruch

    Shulchan Aruch

    שלחן ערוך (“The Set Table”) – A code of Jewish law, written in 1563 by R. Yosef Karo, a Sefardi rabbi, which became accepted as authoritative and normative with the addition of glosses incorporating Ashkenazi practice by Rema. Shulchan Aruch is actually a summary of Karo’s important, and much larger, halachic work, the Beit Yosef.…