Ahare Mot

Leviticus 16:1-18:30


In this Torah portion, God speaks to Moses after the death of Aaron’s two sons, who were killed for coming too close to the presence of God. God instructs Moses and Aaron the procedures surrounding Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. God describes all the laws surrounding sexual prohibitions.

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yom kippur
God describes the procedures around
the Day of Atonement.


Text Studies

Social Action and Environmentalism

From Far And Near
Rabbi Menachem Evan-Israel, Hillel

In The Shadow of Death
Rabbi Miriam Margles, AJWS

Yom Kippur All Year Long
Rabbi Charles Sherman, Union for Reform Judaism

The Law of the Farm
Evan Wolkenstein, AJWS

Prohibition Against Homosexuality in Context
Rabbi Neal Loevinger, KOLEL

All of Our Sins
Rabbi Charles Sherman, socialaction.com


Raising Up the Physical
Baruch Herschkopff, Canfei Nesharim


From the Denominations

Pluralism and Outreach

Threat & Promise of Conformity
Rabbi Bradley Artson, American Jewish Unversity

Sanctity of Elemental Relationships
Rabbi Shimon Felix, Bronfman Youth Fellowship

The Limits of Spirituality
Rabbi Moshe Morduchowitz, Orthodox Union

Strangers in the Camp
Rabbi Kerry Olitzky, Jewish Outreach Initiative


Reconciling Biblical Morality
Judith Plaskow, Women of Reform Judaism


Family and Fun

Parashat Ahare Mot for Families
Torah Topics for Today


Food Choices
Torah Topics for Today


Parashat Ahare Mot Quiz
Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies



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