Acharei Mot

אַחֲרֵי מוֹת
After the Death [of the Two Sons of Aaron]

Leviticus 16:1-18:30

When Is Acharei Mot Read?

/ 26 Nisan 5784

Summary

  • The duties that the head kohein must perform on Yom Kippur are delineated and the ceremony of the scapegoat is outlined. (16:1-28)
  • Moses instructs Aaron about the Yom Kippur laws for fasting and atonement. (16:29-34)
  • Warnings are issued against the offering of sacrifices outside the Sanctuary and the consumption of blood. (17:1-16)
  • Moses condemns the sexual practices of some neighboring peoples. Certain forms of sexual relations are prohibited. (18:1-30)

Ten Minutes of Torah: Acharei Mot Commentary

Torrah and Kippah

Yom Kippur All Year Long

By: Charles P. Sherman

In the first part of this week's parashah, Acharei Mot/K'doshim, the Torah's fullest description of Yom Kippur appears. (Leviticus 16:2-34) But Holy Days, holidays, and festivals develop and evolve as human life changes. The Yom Kippur we celebrate in the twenty-first century is considerably...

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