Emor (Speak to the Kohen)

This Torah portion gives the laws for the Kohanim, whose Divine service places upon them a particular responsibility to maintain higher standards of righteous behavior and purity. Leviticus 21:1 And יהוה said to Moses, speak to the priests, the sons of Aaron וְאָמַרְתָּ and you say to them, No priest will be defiled for the dead among his people. C-MATS …

Vayak’hel (He Assembles) / P’kudei (Accounts)

In this portion, Moses addresses the entire nation and charges them with the privilege of building the Tabernacle. Much of the text is a repetition of the directions given in the previous chapters. Israel’s ability to create a setting for יהוה’s Presence is a measure of its greatness and, indeed, a primary reason for its very existence. Its future history …