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Faith as a Journey
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In its account of the festivals of the Jewish year, this week’s parshah contains the following statement: You shall dwell in thatched huts for seven days. Everyone included in Israel must live in such thatched huts. This is so that future generations will know that I caused the Israelites to live in sukkot when I […]
Emor – Rishon
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G-d gave Moshe instructions for the kohanim (priests). They were not permitted to become unclean through proximity to a corpse, except for one of the seven close relatives (father, mother, sister, brother, son, daughter, wife). Even then, there are restrictions: his sister must be unmarried and his wife must be someone permitted to him. (Be […]
Emor – Sheini
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G-d told Moshe that kohanim had to free of physical imperfections to perform the service. Examples of disqualifying conditions include blindness, non-working or malformed limbs, dwarfism and extreme skin conditions, among others. Kohanim with such conditions may still eat the portions reserved for priests, they just can’t perform the service. Why is a kohein with […]
Emor – Shlishi
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G-d gave Moshe instructions about animals for sacrifices. A korban olah (burnt offering) had to be male sheep, goats or cattle without any disqualifying blemishes. A blemished animal would not be accepted. A korban shlamim (peace offering) had to unblemished sheep or cattle. Examples of unacceptable sacrifices include animals that are blind, that have broken […]
Emor – R’vi’i
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Next, G-d outlined the various holidays, starting with Shabbos (every Saturday). He then detailed Pesach (Passover – one week, starting the 15th day of the month of Nisan, with the Passover sacrifice offered on 14 Nisan). When the Jews settle Israel, they would bring an omer (a specific measure) of the barley harvest, which the […]