Parsha Rap: Acharei Mot


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Acharei Mot

There are many unique aspects to the Temple service on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. One special feature of Yom Kippur concerns the chatat sin-offerings. On all other holidays, a single sin- offering was brought, from a goat. On Yom Kippur, however, there were two sin-offerings: an ox and a goat.
What is the significance of these two animals, the ox and the goat?

Perhaps the most unusual of all the Temple services was the Yom Kippur ceremony of Azazel, sending off a goat into the wilderness, symbolically carrying away the sins of Israel. No other Temple offering was treated in such a fashion. Even more surprising, immediately after describing the Yom Kippur service, the Torah warns, "And they will stop sacrificing to the demons who tempt them" (Lev. 17:7). The text implies that the goat sent to Azazel is the sole exception to this rule, in apparent contradiction to the fundamental principles of the Temple service. Was this unusual ritual a 'sacrifice to the demons'?

The High Priest was only permitted to enter the inner sanctuary of the Temple on one day of the year — on Yom Kippur.

"Speak to your brother Aaron, that he may not enter the sanctuary within the partition at any time... so that he may not die, for I appear over the Ark cover in a cloud."  (Lev. 16:2)


Holiness in Physical Pleasure 

"For three years the fruit shall be Orlah, and may not be eaten. In the fourth year, all of the fruit shall be holy, for praising God." (Lev. 19:23-4)
The Talmud in Berachot 35a quotes this verse as the source for reciting a brachah (blessing) over food.

While first introduced here in Lev. 19:19, the prohibition of sha'atnez is more clearly defined later on in the Torah: "Do not wear sha'atnez — wool and linen together" (Deut. 22:11). Why does the Torah prohibit using wool and linen in the same article of clothing? Also, the special garments of High Priest contained both wool and linen. Why was he allowed to wear sha'atnez?

One form of assistance which the Torah mandates to be given to the needy is the mitzvah of pei'ah. The farmer must leave over a corner (pei'ah) of his field for the poor.
"When you reap your land's harvest, do not completely harvest the corners of your fields. ... Leave them for the poor and the stranger."  (Lev. 19:9-10)

The Sages stressed that the area left over for the poor must be the very last edge harvested. One may not set aside a section at the start or in the middle of the harvesting process. Why not? By requiring pei'ah to be the final section of the field that was harvested, the Torah establishes a set time for the poor to claim their portion. The Talmud (Shabbat 23a) notes that this provision prevents four potential problems:

"Do not take revenge nor bear a grudge against the children of your people. You must love your neighbor as you love yourself." (Lev. 19:18)
Is this mitzvah of Ahavat Yisrael realistic? Is it possible to truly love another person as much as we love ourselves?

Eating Before Prayer
Together with various other forbidden practices, the Torah admonishes, "Do not eat the blood" (Lev. 19:26). Literally, the verse reads, 'Do not eat over the blood.' What does it mean to 'eat over blood'?
The Talmud offers several explanations, including the warning, 'Do not eat before you have prayed over your blood [i.e., for the sake of your soul]' (Berachot 10b). Why is it so important to refrain from eating before reciting the morning prayers?

"You must admonish your neighbor, and not bear sin because of him." (Lev. 19:17)

Abuse at Shiloh
During the days when Eli served as High Priest at the Tabernacle in Shiloh, there were serious problems for women who wished to bring offerings. Eli's two sons, Phinehas and Hophni, would not eagerly offer their sacrifices. As a result, the women knew they could not rely on them, and they would stay in Shiloh until they saw with their own eyes that their offering was completed.

"Do not take revenge nor bear a grudge against the members of your people." (Lev. 19:18)
During the British Mandate, there was no more unity among the Jews living in Israel than there is today. Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook and his followers maintained friendly relations with the secular Zionists. On the other hand, a group of very pious Jews in Jerusalem called Neturei Karta ('Guardians of the City') bitterly opposed and denounced the Zionists, and were therefore hostile toward Rav Kook.



Sex in the Torah

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for Fun only! ..

Judaism has an overwhelmingly positive
 attitude toward sex and sexuality.

Jewish tradition looks favorably on sex
 and sexuality, given certain conditions.

Some classical Jewish statements 
about sex might surprise you.

In Judaism, adultery is considered
 one of the most grievous sins.

The Bible prohibits sex between a 
man and a menstruating woman.

Premarital Sex

Judaism's attitude toward
premarital sex is intriguing.

A selection of statements from
 rabbis of various denominations.

Rethinking our categories of sexual
 relationships in light of the reality
 of sex outside marriage.

Non-marital sex is not ideal, but
 that doesn't mean Judaism has
 nothing to say about it.

Including some surprising
 teachings about concubines.


  • שבוע טוב, נעים ומבורך לכולם

    با ارزوی هفته ئی نیک و زیبا 

    و دوست داشتنی برای همگان

    Have a nice and 

    wonderful week

David Fakheri
داوید فاخری

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