Emor

Leviticus 21:1-24:23

Read full text in English and Hebrew: 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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matzah
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 University

 

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

 

Gleanings
Rabbi Ismar Schorsch, JTS

 

Catch the Rhythm
Rabbi Kerry Olitzky, Big Tent Judaism

 

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

 

Hospitality
Torah Topics for Today

 

Parashat Emor Quiz
Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies

 

Parashat Emor Challah
Julie Seltzer

 






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Caring For Dead Loved Ones

Despite their focus on life, priests are permitted to attend to their closest relatives in death.

Reading The Prohibition Against Homosexuality In Context

The sexual relationships forbidden by the Torah are intended to prohibit non-Israelite religious practices and abuses of power.

The Omer Period — Time As Text

Our changing observance of the period between Passover and Shavuot reflects our sensitivity to the realities of our history.