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The Torah In Haiku: K'doshim

The Torah In Haiku: K'doshim

How to be holy?
What does God want us to do?
Respect the "other"

Included in this week's portion are commandments about how to treat those who, because of social class, disability, age, or immigration status might seem different from us.

Leviticus 18:10: You shall not pick your vineyard bare, or gather the fallen fruit of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and stranger.

Leviticus 18:14: You shall not insult the deaf, or place a stumbling block before the blind.

Leviticus 18:32: You shall rise before the aged and show deference to the old.

Leviticus 18:34: The strangers who reside with you shall be to you as your citizens; you shall love each one as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.

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Ed Nickow is a teacher and member of the Board of Trustees at Temple Chai in Long Grove, IL. He blogs at The Torah in Haiku.

Ed Nickow

Published: 4/25/2014

Categories: Learning, Torah Study
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