Acharei Mot II

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

Leviticus 18:1–30


  • 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 II Commentary

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