This week’s parsha is Emor, translated as “to speak”, covering Leviticus 21:1-24:23.
Emor covers the rules for priests (restrictions on contact with the dead bodies of non relative, shaving, gashing the skin, and cavorting with harlots). It contains rules on sharing of sacrificial meat and what an unclean or disabled priest is restricted from doing. It specifies that sacrificial animals are to be defect and blemish free.
In this parsha Moses is instructed, by G-d, that the following are to be holidays: Pesach, shavuot, Shabbat, Yom Kippur, Rosh Hashanah and Sukkot. And then it delves into the title subject, speech, with the command that blasphemers are to be stoned to death by the community. And this parsha clues you into the Kohen priestly hand postures, in case you ever need to flash the signs.
Translation at JTS:http://www.jtsa.edu/PreBuilt/ParashahArchives/jpstext/emor.shtml
Rabbi Falcon: http://www.rabbitedfalcon.com/weekly-focus/
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