Posts tagged 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)

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/Kedoshim – Torah In...

  Seeking holiness … In how we behave each day … The “code” is found here — The chapters of Torah often called “The Holiness Code” begin in this week’s double portion. So called because of the numerous repetitions of the phrase “You shall be holy”, it includes many ethical commandments. These laws provide guidelines […]

Acharei Mot (After the death) / K’dos...

Acharei Mot – Leviticus 16:1 to 18:30 K’doshim – Leviticus 19:1 to 20:27 These two combined parshot are roughly in the center of Torah and sum up the message of Torah…. K’doshim begins the Holiness Code which tells how mankind should act as individuals and as a community. The two parshot read this week are […]

K’doshim – Torah in Haiku

Respect Other Humans

    ​ How to be holy? … What does G-d want us to do? … Respect the “other” ——– Included in this week’s portion are commandments about how to treat those who, because of social class, disability, age, or immigration status might seem different from us. Leviticus 18:10 You shall not pick your vineyard […]

Acharei Mot – Torah In Haiku

Bad news for vampires … God says: Don’t partake of blood … The life of all flesh ——- Of course (do I actually have to say “of course”?) the Torah prohibition isn’t about vampires. In the beginning it seemed God wanted us to be vegetarians, allowing for the consumption of meat only after the Flood. This […]

Acharei Mot (After the death)

Leviticus 16:1 to 18:30 In the text of past weeks we have learned that a person had to be “ritually pure” to take part in the community’s ritual ceremonies and offerings. However, being human, mistakes were made and every person (even the priests) became ritually impure. This week’s parsha provides rituals for atonement and redemption […]

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