Parashat Achrei Mot
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| Published: April 18, 2022
The portion of Acharei Mot picks up following the deaths of Aaron’s older sons, Nadab and Abihu. It contains the instructions for the Yom Kippur — or Day of Atonement — service in the Tabernacle, and forbids slaughtering animal offerings outside the Tabernacle and the consumption of blood. It lists a series of forbidden relationships and other abominations condemned by God, and emphasizes the holiness of the Land of Israel.
Topic 1: Weekly Torah Portion: Purity in the Land
A young Jewish couple getting married at the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron. This week’s portion outlines forbidden relationships. Chapter 18 of Leviticus is seemingly a list of dos and don’ts, not unlike many of the rules of purity and impurity listed throughout Leviticus. But at…
Topic 2: Weekly Torah Portion: The Yom Kippur Service
The Scapegoat, by William Holman Hunt. In Temple times, the scapegoat was a central part of the Yom Kippur service. The following is a taste of our Israel Bible Reading Plan. Follow the weekly portion with summaries, insights and lively conversation.
Topic 3: Abominations and the Holiness of the Land
This section begins with a command not to follow in the abominable ways of Egypt, from which God has taken the Children of Israel, or of Canaan, to which God is bringing them. Rather, they are to walk in God’s ways of holiness. From there, the text elaborates on forbidden relationships. These include adultery,…
Topic 4: Offerings Outside the Tabernacle and Blood
Although God permits His people to eat meat, in this portion he instructs the people only to slaughter animals as peace offerings in the Tabernacle. Offerings brought outside the Tabernacle are considered bloodshed, and cause the person to be cut off from the nation. The Israel Bible explains the reasoning for this command. One purpose…
Topic 5: The Yom Kippur Service
Our portion begins with the Yom Kippur service. God tells Moses to relate to Aaron and his surviving sons that they are not to enter the Holy of Holies, separated from the rest of the Tabernacle by a curtain, except on the Day of Atonement. Dressed in his white linen garments, which he dons after…
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