Leviticus 9:1-11:47


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In this Torah portion, God commands Aaron and his sons to make the burnt and sin offerings at the Tabernacle. When God accepts the offerings, the people shout with joy. God describes to Moses the laws of kashrut, making distinctions between land animals, birds, and animals in the water.

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Cows are permissible to eat.


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Giving Sensibly
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Learning From Our Mistakes
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Considering Our Food Choices
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Boundaries, Sanctity & Silence
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Lessons From the Pig
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Pluralism and Outreach

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Time & Place for Spontaneity
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The Role of the Elders
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From Regulation to Relation
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Holiness is Life
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Death, Grief, & Consolation
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Family and Fun

The Deepest Response to Love
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Actions Have Consequences
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Reason is Lost in Anger
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