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Category: Emor

No Human Can Give All Answers at the Moments of Deepest Despair

by Rabbi Avi WeissPosted on May 21, 2016

This week’s Torah portion presents many rules pertaining to the Kohen (Jewish priest). Among these laws is the prohibition against any contact with the dead. Except for his closest family members, the Kohen cannot touch a dead corpse, be present at burial or even be in the same room as a dead body. What is Continue Reading »

The Kedusha of Kohanim and Torah in the Bathroom

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on May 6, 2015

Parashat Emor opens with the prohibition against a Kohen coming into contact with a corpse, which would make him impure due to his special kedusha, his priestly sanctity. Such impurity would compromise his kedusha and keep him out of the Temple. Even a Kohen with a physical blemish is barred from serving in the Temple: Continue Reading »

Is Holiness Only Skin Deep?

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on May 2, 2014

Through the book of Vayikra, the Torah has been concerned with kedusha, sanctity, and how to protect it. The Torah now turns its attention from the sanctity of the Temple to the sanctity of  those who are constantly in the Temple – the Kohanim. The Children of Israel were commanded in Parashat Kedoshim “you shall become Continue Reading »

Behar – A Society Based on Kedusha

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on May 15, 2011

How can kedusha be created outside of the Temple?  This is, in many ways, the concern of the second half of the book of Vayikra, and is in particular the concern of parshat Behar.   The goal of the Mikdash was not for God to “dwell” in the Temple, but for God to dwell among us: Continue Reading »

The Problem with Perfection

by Rabbanit Devorah ZlochowerPosted on April 30, 2010

When my son Netanel was a preschooler, he informed me that he was a member of a persecuted minority: he is left-handed. Discrimination is rampant, according to Netanel. In addition to the obvious—scissors, golf clubs, spiral notebooks—Netanel noticed something that had escaped his left-handed mother, his left-handed father, and his left-handed older brother. Netanel claimed Continue Reading »

‘To Her he Shall Become Impure’ – Serving God by Leaving the Temple

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on May 1, 1998

The parsha of Emor centers on the sanctity of the Kohanim: their obligation not to become impure, restrictions on whom they can marry, and the conditions under which they can serve in the Temple and eat its sacrifices. The end of the parsha enumerates all the festivals of the year and the special sacrifices brought Continue Reading »