Monthly Archives: May 2016

Behar (Lev. 25:1-26:2)

Another short portion, only 57 verses.  It begins and ends on the same note:  The Sabbath.  The Promised Land is to be given a rest every seven years, just as people must observe one every seven days.  The land is … Continue reading

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Emor (Leviticus 21:1 – 24:23), Lag B’Omer

Emor is one of those portions a Torah reader gets a lot of mileage out of, since a chunk of it, 22:26-23:44, is also read on the first 2 days of Sukkot (day 1 was my son’s Bar Mitzvah – … Continue reading

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Kedoshim (Leviticus 19:1 – 20:27)

Last week’s Torah portion, Acharei Mot, was full of instructions for purification by means of atonement, sacrifices, and abstention from forbidden sexual contacts.  Now that everyone’s been purified and prepped, they are ready for the next stage: Holiness. Indeed, this … Continue reading

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Acharei Mot (Lev. 16:1-18:30)

Acharei Mot is usually read as part of a double portion with Kedoshim (19:1-20:27).  Where Acharei Mot concerns rituals and atonement for past behavior, Kedoshim includes a lot of laws concerning personal behavior.  We’ll get to that next week. This … Continue reading

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