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Parshat Emor: Cosmos and History
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Mircea Eliade, a leading scholar of religions during the twentieth century, contrasted two conceptions of time. Cosmic time is circular whereas historical time is progressive. The cosmic conception of time was prevalent in ancient times and reflected the world of nature in which the seasons reoccur each year. Despite being a fascist anti-Semite, Eliade credited […]
Parshat Emor: Appropriate and Excessive Mourning
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And to his virgin sister who is close to him, that is not married, for her he may become ritually unclean. (VaYikra 21:3) 1. The Torah source for the commandment to mourn the death of relatives A kohen is generally prohibited from becoming ritually unclean. This prohibition restricts a kohen from contact with a dead […]