Leviticus 21:1-24:23


In this Torah portion, God describes the restrictions related to priests’ sexuality and marriage. God then describes a variety of holidays, including Passover, Shabbat, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot. God outlines the omer period, asking the Israelites to bring food offerings to the priests for seven weeks.

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God describes the laws of Passover.


Text Studies

Social Action and Environmentalism

Some Days Count More Than Others
Rabbi Avi Weinstein, Hillel

The Instinct to Hoard
Alana Alpert, AJWS

Caring for the Dead
Rabbi Jordan Cohen, KOLEL

Sacred Time & Space
Rabbi Elliot Kukla, AJWS


Inclusivity & Access
Michelle Kay, AJWS


Ascending Towards Accessibility
Rabbi James Michaels, socialaction.com


Our Relationship to Other Creatures
Ora Sheinson, Canfei Nesharim


From the Denominations

Pluralism and Outreach

The Pursuit of Happiness
Rabbi Bradley Artson, American Jewish Unversity

Sefirat Ha-Omer–Time as Text
Rabbi Shimon Felix, Bronfman Youth Fellowship

Rabbi Ismar Schorsch, JTS

Catch the Rhythm
Rabbi Kerry Olitzky, Jewish Outreach Initiative

Sanctifiers of Time
Rabbi Avraham Fischer, Orthodox Union

Life & Love
Rabbi Yitz Greenberg, CLAL


Does It Matter How I Drive?
Elliot Forchheimer, UJA-Federation of New York

Family and Fun

Purity & Beauty
Shulamit Reinharz, Women of Reform Judaism

Parashat Emor for Families
Torah Topics for Today


Kindness to Animals
Torah Topics for Today


Torah Topics for Today


Parashat Emor Quiz
Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies


Parashat Emor Challah
Julie Seltzer



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