Kedoshim: A Summary of the Parashah

God tells Moses to give the people a series of ethical and ritual laws instructing them in how to be holy.

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You shall not falsify measures of length, weight, or capacity. You shall have an honest balance, honest weights. You shall faithfully observe all My laws and all My norms. I am the Lord.

No man shall offer his children to the idol Molech for that shall profane My holy name. Nor shall you commit adultery or incest or mate with beasts.

You shall sanctify yourselves and be holy. You shall faithfully observe My laws. I, the Lord, make you holy.

You shall not follow the practices of the nations that I am driving out of the promised land. For it is because they did all these things that I abhorred them and said to you, “You shall possess their land, for I will give it to you to possess, a land flowing with milk and honey.”

I, the Lord, am your God who has set you apart from other people. So shall you set apart the clean from the unclean. You shall be holy to Me, for I the Lord am holy, and I have set you apart from other peoples to be mine.

Questions for Discussion

1) What does it mean to love your neighbor’s welfare as if it were your own? Give one example of how you show love to your neighbor.

2) The laws in this portion stress honesty and fairness. Why is being honest and fair important? Do you think you are an honest and fair person? Do your neighbors, friends, and co-workers think so? Do you believe that God thinks you are an honest and fair person?

3) God’s laws require taking care of the poor and the stranger and being respectful to the deaf and the blind. Give one example of how you take care of the poor or stranger. Give one example of how you show respect to the deaf and blind.

4) Why does God care how humans on earth treat each other? Do you care?

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Nancy Reuben Greenfield

Nancy Reuben Greenfield has written three adaptations of the Torah, including an
interactive family version at www.TiptoeThroughTheTorah.com, and an engaging
Jewish immigrant novel, The Golden Medina, available on itunes and Amazon.