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[You Shall Be] Holy

The Eternal One spoke to Moses saying: "Speak to the whole Israelite community and say to them: You shall be holy, for I, the Eternal your God, am holy." - Leviticus 19:1-2

  • God issues a variety of commandments, instructing the Israelites on how to be a holy people. (19:1-37)
  • Various sex offenses are discussed and punishments for them are presented. (20:1-27)


When do we read K'doshim?

2022 May 7
/6 Iyyar, 5782
2024 May 11
/3 Iyyar, 5784


  • By Rabbi Ben Spratt

    In the heart of Parashat K’doshim, we find a recipe for holiness written into behavior. Love your neighbor as yourself, leave gleanings for the poor, care for the stranger, protect the disabled. Many of these ethical epithets form the backbone of moral society, and resonate across religious and national lines. But the above verse feels oddly off: I pause seeing a positive command to rebuke as somehow linked to an absence of heartfelt hate.

  • Torah for Tots

    "…Love your fellow [Israelite] as yourself."

    -Leviticus 19:18

  • Torah for Tweens

    "Our treatment of [these] passages will assume that we have much to learn from the Torah, even though we do not accept its authority blindly and without question" (Bamberger in Plaut Revised Edition, 643). Learn more in Torah for Tweens!

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