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Sh'mini II

Sh'mini II

The Eighth [Day]

Moses spoke to Aaron and to his remaining sons, Eleazar and Ithamar: Take the meal offering that is left over from the Eternal’s offerings by fire and eat it unleavened beside the altar, for it is most holy. - Leviticus 10:12

  • The priests are further instructed about making sacrifices. (10:12-19)
  • Dietary laws are given to distinguish between pure and impure animals, birds, fish, and insects. (11:1-47)


  • By Rabbi David A. Lyon

    The dietary laws presented in the Book of Leviticus are intended to draw us closer to God. But even I, as a rabbi, sometimes have difficulty understanding how the Torah intends for this to happen.

    The second part of Sh’mini (Leviticus 10:12-11:47) takes up the subject of food. Everything from taboos to general permissions are commanded forming the foundation of later, Talmudic, legal interpretations on what is kosher (fit for consumption) and what is t’reif (unfit). Reform Judaism has sought an authentic response to expectations for kashrut that would meet individual and contemporary norms.

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