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Parshat Emor: Sefirat Ho’omer
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“And you shall count for you from the morrow after the day of rest, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the waving seven weeks. They shall be complete.” (VaYikra 23:15) We are currently involved in the mitzvah of sefirat ho’omer – the counting of the omer. We begin counting the omer on […]
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 […]
Haftarah for Emor
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The Kohanim, descendants of Tzadok, who remained true while the rest of the nation was straying, will serve in all priestly functions and matters of holiness. The priests are to wear linen vestments when they serve in the inner court; they are not permitted to wear wool. They must gird themselves in a place that […]
Parshat Emor 6
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“And Hashem said to Moshe, “Speak to the Kohanim – the children of Ahron – and say to them that no priest should defile himself through contact with the dead from among his people.” (VaYikra 21:1) This passage introduces the Torah’s discussion of various restrictions upon the Kohanim. One of these restrictions regulates the Kohen’s […]
Parshat Emor 5
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“And Hashem said to Moshe, “Speak to the Kohanim, the sons of Ahron and say to them ‘Let no Kohen defile himself through contact with a dead body from his nation'” (VaYikra 21:2) This passage prohibits a Kohen from becoming defiled through association with a dead body. The only exceptions are the Kohen’s closest relatives. […]