by Rabbi Batsheva Appel - May 8, 2015
“You shall keep My Sabbaths and venerate My sanctuary, I am the Eternal.” [Leviticus 26:2]
After an extensive, detailed description of the observance of the shmitta, the sabbatical year, and the yovel, the jubilee year, and a single verse inveighing against establishing idols to worship in the land, we conclude Parashat Behar with this juxtaposition of Shabbat and God’s sanctuary.
Read more: Drash for Behar 5775
by Arthur Geiger - May 1, 2015
Emor, as with the rest of Leviticus, is a list of commandments. The rules are broken into sections – for priests, for holidays, and for penalties for committing “crimes.”
So what are these commandments? Let me summarize:
• Kohanim (Priests) must be male, of course;
• Kohanim need to be perfect physical specimens;
• Kohanim need to marry virgins;
• Kohanim may not defile themselves by touching a dead body, unless it is a close relative;
• A newborn calf, kid, or lamb must be left with its mother, minimally, for seven days before being considered for sacrifice;
• One cannot slaughter a mother and its offspring on the same day;
• The following holidays are specified:
- Shabbat and we are all here;
- Counting of the Omer;
- Sukkot, and;
- Several others.
• Lighting a menorah every evening in the Sanctuary, and;
• The baking of a special bread every Shabbat. Has anyone seen the Challah?
Read more: Drash for Emor 5775