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Torah Talk for Parashat Kedoshim

May 9, 2016 by Sharon Freundel (Community)

In this parasha, God tells Moshe to give the people a series of ethical and ritual laws instructing them in how to be holy.

The parasha opens with the words Kedoshim tihiyu – “You shall be holy.” A very simple statement, but how does one achieve this, and what is holiness anyway? The American Heritage Dictionary defines “holiness” in part as: “Of or associated with a divine power.” But how do we accomplish this?

Several commentators present totally divergent opinions on how to become “associated with a divine power.” Read more >