Acharei Mot - K’doshim

אַחֲרֵי מוֹת - קְדֹשִׁים
After the Death [of the Two Sons of Aaron] / [You Shall Be] Holy

Leviticus 16:1-20:27

When Is Acharei Mot - K’doshim Read?

/ 12 Iyar 5781
/ 8 Iyar 5783
/ 12 Iyar 5785

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)
  • God issues a variety of commandments, instructing the Israelites on how to be a holy people. (19:1-37)
  • Various sex offenses are discussed and punishments for them are presented. (20:1-27)

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