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Maftir Readings for Hanukkah

Numbers 6:22 - 8:4

This translation was taken from the JPS Tanakh

On the first day of Hanukkah, Sephardim begin here:
22 The Lord spoke to Moses: 23 Speak to Aaron and his sons: Thus shall you bless the people of Israel. Say to them:
24 The Lord bless you and protect you!
25 The Lord deal kindly and graciously with you!
26 The Lord bestow His favor upon you and grant you peace!
27 Thus they shall link My name with the people of Israel, and I will bless them.

On the first day of Hanukkah, Ashkenzim begin here.
Chapter 7
1 On the day that Moses finished setting up the Tabernacle, he anointed and consecrated it and all its furnishings, as well as the altar and its utensils. When he had anointed and consecrated them, 2 the chieftains of Israel, the heads of ancestral houses, namely, the chieftains of the tribes, those who were in charge of enrollment, drew near 3 and brought their offering before the Lord: six draught carts and twelve oxen, a cart for every two chieftains and an ox for each one.

When they had brought them before the Tabernacle, 4 the Lord said to Moses: 5 Accept these from them for use in the service of the Tent of Meeting, and give them to the Levites according to their respective services.

6 Moses took the carts and the oxen and gave them to the Levites. 7 Two carts and four oxen he gave to the Gershonites, as required for their service, 8 and four carts and eight oxen he gave to the Merarites, as required for their service—under the direction of Ithamar son of Aaron the priest. 9 But to the Kohathites he did not give any; since theirs was the service of the [most] sacred objects, their porterage was by shoulder.

10 The chieftains also brought the dedication offering for the altar upon its being anointed. As the chieftains were presenting their offerings before the altar, 11 the Lord said to Moses: Let them present their offerings for the dedication of the altar, one chieftain each day.

12 The one who presented his offering on the first day was Nahshon son of Amminadab of the tribe of Judah. 13 His offering: one silver bowl weighing 130 shekels and one silver basin of 70 shekels by the sanctuary weight, both filled with choice flour with oil mixed in, for a meal offering; 14 one gold ladle of 10 shekels, filled with incense; 15 one bull of the herd, one ram, and one lamb in its first year, for a burnt offering; 16 one goat for a sin offering; 17 and for his sacrifice of well-being: two oxen, five rams, five he-goats, and five yearling lambs. That was the offering of Nahshon son of Amminadab.

Reading for the second day
18 On the second day, Nethanel son of Zuar, chieftain of Issachar, made his offering. 19 He presented as his offering: one silver bowl weighing 130 shekels and one silver basin of 70 shekels by the sanctuary weight, both filled with choice flour with oil mixed in, for a meal offering; 20 one gold ladle of 10 shekels, filled with incense; 21 one bull of the herd, one ram, and one lamb in its first year, for a burnt offering; 22 one goat for a sin offering; 23 and for his sacrifice of well-being: two oxen, five rams, five he-goats, and five yearling lambs. That was the offering of Nethanel son of Zuar.

Reading for the third day
24 On the third day, it was the chieftain of the Zebulunites, Eliab son of Helon. 25 His offering: one silver bowl weighing 130 shekels and one silver basin of 70 shekels by the sanctuary weight, both filled with choice flour with oil mixed in, for a meal offering; 26 one gold ladle of 10 shekels, filled with incense; 27 one bull of the herd, one ram, and one lamb in its first year, for a burnt offering; 28 one goat for a sin offering; 29 and for his sacrifice of well-being: two oxen, five rams, five he-goats, and five yearling lambs. That was the offering of Eliab son of Helon.

Reading for the fourth day
30 On the fourth day, it was the chieftain of the Reubenites, Elizur son of Shedeur. 31 His offering: one silver bowl weighing 130 shekels and one silver basin of 70 shekels by the sanctuary weight, both filled with choice flour with oil mixed in, for a meal offering; 32 one gold ladle of 10 shekels, filled with incense; 33 one bull of the herd, one ram, and one lamb in its first year, for a burnt offering; 34 one goat for a sin offering; 35 and for his sacrifice of well-being: two oxen, five rams, five he-goats, and five yearling lambs. That was the offering of Elizur son of Shedeur.

Reading for the fifth day
36 On the fifth day, it was the chieftain of the Simeonites, Shelumiel son of Zurishaddai. 37 His offering: one silver bowl weighing 130 shekels and one silver basin of 70 shekels by the sanctuary weight, both filled with choice flour with oil mixed in, for a meal offering; 38 one gold ladle of 10 shekels, filled with incense; 39 one bull of the herd, one ram, and one lamb in its first year, for a burnt offering; 40 one goat for a sin offering; 41 and for his sacrifice of well-being: two oxen, five rams, five he-goats, and five yearling lambs. That was the offering of Shelumiel son of Zurishaddai.

Reading for the sixth day
42 On the sixth day, it was the chieftain of the Gadites, Eliasaph son of Deuel. 43 His offering: one silver bowl weighing 130 shekels and one silver basin of 70 shekels by the sanctuary weight, both filled with choice flour with oil mixed in, for a meal offering; 44 one gold ladle of 10 shekels, filled with incense; 45 one bull of the herd, one ram, and one lamb in its first year, for a burnt offering; 46 one goat for a sin offering; 47 and for his sacrifice of well-being: two oxen, five rams, five he-goats, and five yearling lambs. That was the offering of Eliasaph son of Deuel.

Reading for the seventh day
48 On the seventh day, it was the chieftain of the Ephraimites, Elishama son of Ammihud. 49 His offering: one silver bowl weighing 130 shekels and one silver basin of 70 shekels by the sanctuary weight, both filled with choice flour with oil mixed in, for a meal offering; 50 one gold ladle of 10 shekels, filled with incense; 51 one bull of the herd, one ram, and one lamb in its first year, for a burnt offering; 52 one goat for a sin offering; 53 and for his sacrifice of well-being: two oxen, five rams, five he-goats, and five yearling lambs. That was the offering of Elishama son of Ammihud.

Reading for the eighth day
54 On the eighth day, it was the chieftain of the Manassites, Gamaliel son of Pedahzur. 55 His offering: one silver bowl weighing 130 shekels and one silver basin of 70 shekels by the sanctuary weight, both filled with choice flour with oil mixed in, for a meal offering; 56 one gold ladle of 10 shekels, filled with incense; 57 one bull of the herd, one ram, and one lamb in its first year, for a burnt offering; 58 one goat for a sin offering; 59 and for his sacrifice of well-being: two oxen, five rams, five he-goats, and five yearling lambs. That was the offering of Gamaliel son of Pedahzur.

60 On the ninth day, it was the chieftain of the Benjaminites, Abidan son of Gideoni. 61 His offering: one silver bowl weighing 130 shekels and one silver basin of 70 shekels by the sanctuary weight, both filled with choice flour with oil mixed in, for a meal offering; 62 one gold ladle of 10 shekels, filled with incense; 63 one bull of the herd, one ram, and one lamb in its first year, for a burnt offering; 64 one goat for a sin offering; 65 and for his sacrifice of well-being: two oxen, five rams, five he-goats, and five yearling lambs. That was the offering of Abidan son of Gideoni.

66 On the tenth day, it was the chieftain of the Danites, Ahiezer son of Ammishaddai. 67 His offering: one silver bowl weighing 130 shekels and one silver basin of 70 shekels by the sanctuary weight, both filled with choice flour with oil mixed in, for a meal offering; 68 one gold ladle of 10 shekels, filled with incense; 69 one bull of the herd, one ram, and one lamb in its first year, for a burnt offering; 70 one goat for a sin offering; 71 and for his sacrifice of well-being: two oxen, five rams, five he-goats, and five yearling lambs. That was the offering of Ahiezer son of Ammishaddai.

72 On the eleventh day, it was the chieftain of the Asherites, Pagiel son of Ochran. 73 His offering: one silver bowl weighing 130 shekels and one silver basin of 70 shekels by the sanctuary weight, both filled with choice flour with oil mixed in, for a meal offering; 74 one gold ladle of 10 shekels, filled with incense; 75 one bull of the herd, one ram, and one lamb in its first year, for a burnt offering; 76 one goat for a sin offering; 77 and for his sacrifice of well-being: two oxen, five rams, five he-goats, and five yearling lambs. That was the offering of Pagiel son of Ochran.

78 On the twelfth day, it was the chieftain of the Naphtalites, Ahira son of Enan. 79 His offering: one silver bowl weighing 130 shekels and one silver basin of 70 shekels by the sanctuary weight, both filled with choice flour with oil mixed in, for a meal offering; 80 one gold ladle of 10 shekels, filled with incense; 81 one bull of the herd, one ram, and one lamb in its first year, for a burnt offering; 82 one goat for a sin offering; 83 and for his sacrifice of well-being: two oxen, five rams, five he-goats, and five yearling lambs. That was the offering of Ahira son of Enan.

84 This was the dedication offering for the altar from the chieftains of Israel upon its being anointed: silver bowls, 12; silver basins, 12; gold ladles, 12. 85 Silver per bowl, 130; per basin, 70. Total silver of vessels, 2,400 sanctuary shekels. 86 The 12 gold ladles filled with incense—10 sanctuary shekels per ladle—total gold of the ladles, 120.

87 Total of herd animals for burnt offerings, 12 bulls; of rams, 12; of yearling lambs, 12—with their proper meal offerings; of goats for sin offerings, 12. 88 Total of herd animals for sacrifices of well-being, 24 bulls; of rams, 60; of he-goats, 60; of yearling lambs, 60. That was the dedication offering for the altar after its anointing.

89 When Moses went into the Tent of Meeting to speak with Him, he would hear the Voice addressing him from above the cover that was on top of the Ark of the Pact between the two cherubim; thus He spoke to him.

Chapter 8
1 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 2 Speak to Aaron and say to him, "When you mount the lamps, let the seven lamps give light at the front of the lampstand." 3 Aaron did so; he mounted the lamps at the front of the lampstand, as the Lord had commanded Moses.— 4 Now this is how the lampstand was made: it was hammered work of gold, hammered from base to petal. According to the pattern that the Lord had shown Moses, so was the lampstand made.

Taken from Tanakh, The Holy Scriptures, (Philadelphia, Jerusalem: Jewish Publication Society) 1985.
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