KODESHIM (Holy Ones): Love Thy Neighbor as Yourself

Part Two of a three part series on “The Holiness Code” (Parsha Kodeshim). (Part One: Kodeshim - What Does Holiness Mean?) Leviticus is called “the heart of the Torah” because of the number of commandments it contains. This Parsha (Torah Portion) alone contains 51 mitzvot (commandments or obligations), including the biggee to “Love your kinsman (fellow) …

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Aseh Lecha Rav (Make for Yourself A Rabbi)

עֲשֵׂה לְךָ רַב, וּקְנֵה לְךָ חָבֵר Make for yourself a rabbi (aseh lecha rav) and acquire for yourself a friend” (kneh lecha chaver). Pirkei Avot 1, Mishnah 6 The rabbinical exhortation to Aseh lecha rav is mentioned twice in Pirkei Avot, indicating its importance. When we think of a contemporary rabbis, we most likely envision …

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Parsha Kodeshim – What Does Holiness Mean?

Parashat (Parsha) Kedoshim / פרשת קדשים / Part One Vayikra/Leviticus 19:1–20:27 Kodeshim, the title of this parsha (Torah Portion), means holy ones (or holy things). This Parsha starts off with a bang! Right out of the gate, the opening commandment is: "Kodeshim tihiyu ki kadosh ani Adonoi Elohechem” — “Ye shall be holy; for I the …

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Moses and The Tablets – Old Story, New Light

Exodus 30:11 - 34:35 Picture it. The 1st of Elul on the Sinai Peninsula, approximately 1,312 BCE. We'll begin our story at the point where Moses/Moshe descends Mt Sinai with the tablets given to him by GD. What does Moshe find after spending 40 days and 40 nights up on the mountain top with GD? …

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