This week’s parsha is Emor, translated as “to speak”, covering Leviticus 21:1-24:23, referring to the command that blasphemers be stoned to death by the community. In addition, Emor covers rules for priests (restrictions on contact with the dead bodies of non relatives, shaving, gashing the skin, and cavorting with harlots), sharing of sacrificial meat, and requirements for sacrificial animals.In Emor, Moses is instructed, by G-d, that the following are to be holidays: Pesach, shavuot, Shabbat, Yom Kippur, Rosh Hashanah and Sukkot.
A s a bonus, Emor explains the Kohen priestly hand sign (made famous by Star Trek’s Dr. Spock), 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/
Animated at G-dcast: http://www.g-dcast.com/emor
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