Acharay Mote-Kedoshim By Rabbi David Hartley Mark

I am Aaron, brother of Moses. I am honored to be Kohen Gadol, the High Priest of Israel. Do not believe that my job or my life are easy. On the long-past Coronation Day of the Mishkan, God’s Sanctuary among His people, I recall how the cattle for sacrifice, the incense and grain-offerings were all made ready.

Kedoshim by Rabbi David Hartley Mark

Kedoshim (קדשים) Leviticus 19:1 – 20:27 Haftarah (A): Amos 9:7 – 9:15 Haftarah (S): Ezekiel 20:2 – 20:20 This parsha/Torah portion begins with the phrase that has launched a thousand sermons and bar/t mitzvah speeches: “The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, ‘You shall be holy, for I, the Lord your God, am holy’”(Lev. 19:1-2). It is […]

Kedoshim by David Hartley Mark

Kedoshim means, “You shall be holy, for I, the Lord your God, am holy” (Lev. 19:2). This parsha/Torah reading lists some of the mitzvote/commandments which are most crucial to the proper functioning of society, not only for us Jews, but the world in general. Despite our great scientific and technological advancements, we have, in view […]

Parshah Acharei Kedoshim by Rabbi David Hartley Mark

Acharay Mote-Kedoshim “You shall be holy, for I, the Lord your God, am holy” (Lev. 19:2). This is the verse from which the entire book of Leviticus gets its byname, the “Holiness Code.” This parsha/Torah portion, connected to Acharay Mote/”After the Death [of Aaron’s Sons],” includes a great many mitzvote/commandments intended to infuse our lives […]

Transforming the Mundane Into the Sacred: Parsha Acharei Mot (Lev. 16:1-18:30)

Transforming the Mundane into the Sacred Parsha Acharei Mot (Lev. 16:1-18:30) Long before John F. Kennedy declared, “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country,” Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi, the founder of Chabad Chassidism, said something similar to a self-absorbed disciple seeking blessing: “Until now […]

Torah Together: Parshat Kedoshim