Editor Daveed Fakheri
By Nancy Reuben
In this Torah portion, God describes the restrictions related to priests' sexuality and marriage. God then describes a variety of holidays, including Passover, Shabbat, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot. God outlines the omer period, asking the Israelites to bring food offerings to the priests for seven weeks.
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.
17 of Iyyar 5770, May 1
Emor is the 31st weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading and the eighth in the book of Leviticus. Its starts in chapter 21 verse 1 and ends in chapter 24 verse 24.
Following on the heels of the command given in last week's portion to the entire Jewish population to be sanctified and holy, Parshat Emor begins by discussing various laws directed specifically to the Kohanim (priests) and the Kohen Gadol (high priest) whose Divine service requires them to maintain a higher standard of purity. Included is the command for the Kohen to refrain from becoming ritually impure through contact with a dead body (except for close relatives) and increased restrictions on whom they may marry.