Leviticus 19:1-20:27

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

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In this Torah portion, God describes to Moses many ethical and ritual laws aimed at helping people live lives of holiness. The laws described include some of those recorded in the Ten Commandments, such as respecting one’s parents, keeping the Sabbath and not stealing. God also introduces laws about farming and about belief in supernatural beings.


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God describes the laws of respecting elders.

Text Studies

Social Action and Environmentalism

Nobility on Endless Trial
Rabbi David Ehrenkranz, Hillel


After Death, Holy
Sam Berrin Shonkoff, AJWS


A New Look at Philanthropy
Rabbi Neal Loevinger, KOLEL


Intentional Intervention
Rabbi Dorothy Richman, AJWS


The Nature of Holiness
Stuart Binder, Union for Reform Judaism


Stumbling Blocks
Carmi Wiseman, Canfei Nesharim


Kilayim Pie?
Jeremy Wexler,



From the Denominations

Pluralism and Outreach

Rituals & Ethics: A Holy Blend
Rabbi Bradley Artson, American Jewish University


Experiencing Holiness Differently
Rabbi Elyse Goldstein, Women of Reform Judaism


Planting for the Future
Rabbi Ismar Schorsch, JTS


Being Holy
Charles Raffel, CLAL


Constructive Criticism
Rabbi Avraham Fischer, Orthodox Union




Family and Fun

Parashat Kedoshim Challah
Julie Seltzer


Parashat Kedoshim Quiz
Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies


Parashat Kedoshim for Families
Torah Topics for Today


Say No To Revenge & Grudges
Torah Topics for Today


Gleanings From Our Blessings
Torah Topics for Today


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