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Parshat Emor: The Korban Olah
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“And Hashem said to Moshe, saying, Speak to Aharon and to his sons and to all Bnai Yisrael say to them: Any man whatsoever from the house of Yisrael, or from the converts among Yisrael, who offers up his sacrifice for any of their vows (or for any of their donations that they may offer […]
Why Do We Count?
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Context In the midst of the Torah’s discussion concerning the festival cycle, immediately after the commandment concerning the Omer offering (a barley offering in the Temple which marks the beginning of the harvest and allows the use of that season’s grain), the following mandate is found: “And you shall count for yourselves – from the […]
Judaism’s Three Voices
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Kedoshim – 30 April 2011 – 26 Nisan 5771 The nineteenth chapter of Vayikra, with which our parsha begins, is one of the supreme statements of the ethics of the Torah. It’s about the right, the good and the holy, and it contains some of Judaism’s greatest moral commands: “You shall love your neighbour as […]
Parshat Kedoshim: Loving Our Neighbors
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You shall not take revenge and not bear a grudge against the members of your people; you shall love your neighbor as yourself. I am Hashem. (VaYikra 19:18) 1. The challenge of loving one’s neighbor to the standard proscribed by the Torah These passages instruct us that we may not take revenge or bear a […]