Monthly archives for May, 2016

B’har (In the mountain)

B'har

Leviticus 25:1 to 26:2 The Sabbatical Year gives the land a rest every seven years. The Jubilee Year proclaims “liberty/freedom” for both land and its people. The text gives us insight into what liberty/freedom means in the Biblical tradition. This is the last of the four parshot given the title of the Holiness Code – […]

Emor (Say)

Emor

Leviticus 21:1 to 24:23 Torah commands us to celebrate several festival holidays. Through the years these festivals have changed significantly to meet the needs of the contemporary times. This week’s text continues the section of Torah known as the Holiness Code. It is composed of a large collection of laws and commandments from God that […]

K’doshim (Holy)

Torah - holy

Leviticus 19:1 to 20:27 The Israelite community is told by God to be a “holy people.” But sages through the ages have questioned the meaning and responsibilities of “a holy people.” “The Eternal One spoke to Moses saying: Speak to the whole Israelite community and say to them: You shall be holy, for I, the […]

Acharei Mot (After the death)

Acharei Mot

Leviticus 16:1 to 18:30 Torah presents a list of forbidden sexual offenses. These were composed over 2,500 years ago. Today’s ethics and lifestyles have changed and suggest that this list should be revisited. The two parshot – Acharei Mot, read this week – and K’doshim – read next week – are one of seven pairs […]

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