Parsha K’doshim (“holy”) stands at the physical center of the Torah, coming roughly at the midway point between Genesis 1 and Deuteronomy 34. We move into this Torah portion on the heels of a series of sexual taboos, and we will end the parsha with a parallel list of taboos. Between these two sections, we encounter one of the most beautiful and inspiring passages in the Torah, Leviticus 19. This passage contains a series of seemingly disparate laws covering the gamut from ritual, criminal, and civil legislation to commandments addressing attitudes. The laws touch upon what people do in the privacy of their own homes, how they conduct their business, what they are thinking, and how they worship together.
The primary theme that emerges time and time again in Leviticus 19 is the preservation of holiness. “You shall be holy, for I, your G-d, am holy” All the commandments are set within the context that G-d is holy and that we ought to strive toward holiness in every aspect of our lives.
The Haftarah is Amos 9:7 - 15
Opinions are divided over the reasons for the selection ofthis haftarah.
According to one view, the parsha deals prominently and memorably with the ethical prerequisites of the kingdom of priests that Israel was meant to be, while the haftarah shows how widely, at the time of Amos, Israel diverged from its destined path.
Another opinion finds the reason for the selection at the end of the parsha, which contains the warning that a sinful nation will be plucked from its land. Amos speaks in like tones, though in the end he holds out the vision of a brighter future.
We are planning a special recognition this Shabbat for all the mothers in honor of Mother’s Day. There will be a special gift for all mothers. We invite all mothers and grandmothers to not only come, but to bring their children and grandchildren along. How wonderful it would be for all former Bar and Bat Mitzvah kids to bring and honor their mothers.
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