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Acharei Mot II

Acharei Mot II

After the Death [of the Two Sons of Aaron]

The Eternal One spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to the Israelite people and say to them: I the Eternal am your God. - Leviticus 18:1-2

  • Moses condemns the sexual practices of some neighboring peoples. Certain forms of sexual relations are prohibited. (18:1-30)

When do we read Acharei Mot II?

2019 May 4
/29 Nisan, 5779
2022 Apr 30
/29 Nisan, 5782


  • By Elyse Goldstein

    For the life of all flesh — its blood is its life. Therefore I say to the Israelite people: You shall not partake of the blood of any flesh, for the life of all flesh is its blood. Anyone who partakes of it shall be cut off. (Leviticus 17:14)

    The Book of Leviticus could be nicknamed "The Journal of Blood and Water." Throughout its chapters we find the words tamei — translated as "impure," and tahor — translated as "pure"  as markers of a system of taboos so strong, the penalty for daring to dismiss them is kareit, or "excommunication." The taboos for certain sexual practices are painstakingly outlined in chapter 18, the section of Acharei Mot that we read on this Shabbat.

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