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  • Kedoshim 2019

    Elimelech Weisblum of Lizhensk - the author of Noam Elimelech as he is known (1717-1787) was the founder of Hasidism in Poland-Galicia. This book is one of the principal works of Hasidism. The sefer was called Sefer Shel Tzadikim, (a Book for the Righteous) by Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi (founder of the Lubavitch dynasty).

    His explanation of the opening first phrase of the sidra “Speak to all the congregation of Israel …you are holy” is typical of his interest in who are the Righteous.

  • Kedoshim 5774

    The Book of Vayikra consists of10 Sidrot which deal with the concept of holiness in all its manifestations.  The first five deal with purification from various sins and diseases.  They describe in detail the sacrifices which accompanied the process of purification. They also include the list of pure animals, the meat of which was allowed to be consumed.  The second half of the book of Vayikra speaks about holiness in the life of ordinary Jews.  The Sidra Acharei Mot focuses on the holiest day of the year, Yom Kippur, and  the sanctity of family life.

  • Kedoshim 2014

    The theme of this week's parsha is kedusha, holiness. How should a community of people who strive for greatness behave? The Torah minces no words. "You shall be holy, because I am holy Hashem your G-d." Among the many commandments enumerated in the parsha, we find commandments given to judges. "Don't corrupt judgement..." (Leviticus 19:15). Even if one of the litigants is poor, and the other would not be harmed by a small loss of money, don't favour the poor litigant. That is not the way to give charity. Justice must be carried out.

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