Acharei Mot

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

Leviticus 16:1-18:30

When Is Acharei Mot Read?

/ 24 Nisan 5787


  • 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

Photo of a walking path that leads in two different directions

Acharei Mot - Choose Holiness!

By: Rabbi Daniel Mikelberg

Two goats make an appearance in this week's Torah portion, Acharei Mot. As with the Passover song, there's mystery and meaning in the goats' presence in this week's parashah. These two goats enable us to choose a life of holiness.

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Listen to Podcasts About Acharei Mot

Listen to Rabbi Rick Jacobs discuss Parashat Acharei Mot in these episodes of his podcast, On the Other Hand: Ten Minutes of Torah.

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