Ahare Mot

Leviticus 16:1-18:30

Commentary on Parashat Achrei Mot-Kedoshim, Leviticus 16:1 - 20:27

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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 on 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 University

 

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, Big Tent Judaism

 

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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