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?

/ 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)

Ten Minutes of Torah: Acharei Mot - K’doshim Commentary

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What Makes Us Holy?

By: Rabbi Dvora E. Weisberg

For many, Parshat K’doshim is the high point of Leviticus. We have slogged through chapters devoted to animal sacrifice, the priesthood, various discharges and skin afflictions, and a list of forbidden sexual partners. Finally, we reach a directive that we can embrace.

Adonai spoke to Moses...

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