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Emor

Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Emor 2016

Emor: (Re)called to Holiness

This week’s reading, Emor, includes a description of Judaism’s annual cycle of holy days. Collectively, these occasions are known in Hebrew as mikra’ey kodesh or callings to holiness: Speak to the Children of Israel and say to them: YHVH’s appointed times–you will call them callings to holiness–these are [YHVH’s] appointed times: (Leviticus 23:2) The “appointed time” include Shabbat […]

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Rabbi Naomi Hyman|Othering

Emor: Othering

I begin the process of writing these commentaries by reading the upcoming week’s Torah portion to see what calls to me. Occasionally, a single verse will jump out at me, independent of its context. That’s what happened this week. Emor (Leviticus 21:1-24:23) covers a lot of territory: rules for priests, the festival calendar and punishments for various transgressions. […]

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