Shabbat Tetzaveh/Shabbat Zachor - The Mitzvot of Purim
by Merrill Lasko
In a few days we will be celebrating one of the most joyful holidays of the year: Purim. Because today is the Shabbat before this special occasion, we observe it as a special Shabbat as well—Shabbat Zachor. Rabbi Joshua Brumbach noted the importance of this particular Shabbat in a post on his Yinon blog form February 2018 entitled, “Purim: A Sudden Reversal.”
The Shabbat that precedes Purim is called Shabbat Zachor – the Shabbat of Remembrance. For on this Shabbat, there is an added maftir (a different concluding reading) and a different Haftarah reading because we are to recall the Torah command to blot out the memory of the Amalekites.