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Vayikra Twenty-One: Kohanim and Disabilities

This chapter opens up with a list of rules specific to the kohanim. The kohanim are not allowed to come into contact with the dead, because this defiles them, with the only exceptions being their parents, children, brothers, and virgin sisters. 455 more words


Parashah Bemidbar (In the Wilderness) Numbers 1 - 4:20

This is the 4th book of the Torah, and whereas Vayikra was mostly ordinances and regulations, this book is more historical, although we do have the laws about wearing tzitzit, the regulations regarding jealousy, the Red Heifer, the menorah and Nazarite vows. 818 more words


II Samuel 12, David's apology, to Ariana Grande's "One Last Time"

I gave in to desire

I know I should’ve fought it

And if I’m being honest

Feel like a failure

‘Cause I know that I failed you… 319 more words


Vayikra Twenty: Distinguish Yourselves

After the list of laws of relationships and human interactions, we come back to Molech. “And to the children of Israel, you shall say: Any man of the children of Israel or of the strangers who sojourn among Israel, who gives any of his offspring to Molech, shall surely be put to┬ádeath; the people of the land shall pelt him with stones (Leviticus 20:2).” Thus, this chapter opens with the consequences for many of these major transgressions. 428 more words


Vayikra Nineteen: The Poor, the Blind, the Deaf, etc.

It is now reiterated that the people of Israel are holy, and are designated as such because God is holy. It’s interesting to me that this is the reason for the people being holy. 553 more words


Vayikra Eighteen: Forbidden Sex

It seems like God thinks (or knows) that the Israelites are pretty dense at this point, and emphasizing His role requires a lot of repeating. Even though they’ve seen His miracles, experienced Revelation, and built the mishkan, they still need to have the point driven home repeatedly. 524 more words


Vayikra Seventeen: Consuming Blood

After giving the laws of Yom Kippur, God now gives more of the laws of sacrifice. “Any man of the House of Israel, who slaughters an ox, a lamb, or a goat inside the camp, or who slaughters outside the camp, but does not bring it to the entrance of the Tent of Meeting to offer up as a sacrifice to the Lord before the Mishkan of the Lord, this shall be counted for that man as blood he has shed blood, and that man shall be cut off from among his people (Leviticus 17:3-4).” I take this stipulation to mean that we can’t kill senselessly, and need to treat animals with respect by offering them to God, and not just killing them for our own sake. 176 more words