Emor Commentary

Inclusivity and Access

Reckoning with the exclusion of those with disabilities and illnesses from the Temple service.

Catch the Rhythm

The Jewish holidays can help those on the periphery gain access to the rhythm of Jewish life.

Gleanings

Obligations to the poor at harvest time.

Emor

Leviticus 21:1-24:23

Caring For Dead Loved Ones

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

Parashat Emor: Summary

God gives Moses a series of laws specific to the priests; God then instructs Moses to tell the people about the festivals in addition to laws of blasphemy and murder.

Sanctifiers Of Time

The commandment to proclaim the festivals includes concepts of communal responsibility and imitating God.

Some Days Count More Than Others

The days between Passover and Shavuot are a time of great vulnerability and profound opportunity.

Ascending Towards Accessibility

The biblical exclusion of people with disabilities from serving in the priesthood demands that we develop greater sensitivity to those with special needs in our communities.

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.