"Contextual Meaning" - An exegetical rule or common sense?
By: Rabbi Dr. Michael Avraham

Rabbi Dr. Avraham points out that this reading contains an extensive list of monetary prohibitions (Lev. 19:11-13): "You shall not steal; you shall not deal deceitfully or falsely with one another. You shall not swear falsely by My name, profaning the name of your G‑d: I am the Lord. You shall not defraud your fellow. You shall not commitrobbery. The wages of a laborer shall not remain with you until morning." Full Article >>

The Structure of Parashat Kedoshim 
By: Dr. Joseph Priel
Several weekly readings of the Torah contain numerous commandments:  Mishpatim, Re'eh, Shofetim, Ki-Tetze and, of course, this week's reading:  Parashat Kedoshim.  Regarding each of these readings the question arises whether there is some principle which can explain the order in which the commandments appear or the connection between them. Full Article >>
Holiness: A Matter of Morality or Religion?
By: Schubert Spero[1]
"The Lord spoke to Moses, saying:  Speak to the whole Israelite community and say to them:  You shall be holy, for I, the Lord your G-d, am holy" (Lev. 19:1-2).
The opening verses of this week's reading, which present an extremely rare formulation in the Torah, prepare the reader for a most important subject.  Moses is commanded to gather all the people—men, women and children—and convey to them the requirement, "You shall be holy."  This is apparently the highest level of human development and the object of all the commandments.[2]  In order to thoroughly understand this important verse we must distinguish between the questions that follow and deal with each one separately. Full Article >>

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