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Torah For Your Table...

TORAH FYT [For Your Table]- Our Parsha Study Series devoted to Rabbi Sacks' legacy will examine commentary of the weekly Parsha as addressed in his books: Covenant and Conversation, Lessons in Leadership, Studies in Spirituality, Essays on Ethics, I Believe  and Judaism's Life Changing Ideas.

This peer-Led group meets on Zoom, Thursdays 10AM.  We invite you to join us.



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With Kedoshim, the laws of holiness broaden out from the world of the Sanctuary and Priests to that of the Israelites as a whole, as they are gathered together and commanded to be holy because “I, the Lord your God, am holy.”

The opening chapter contains the famous “holiness code” with its commands to love the neighbour and the stranger, as well as other laws more ritual in character. The second half of the parsha deals with forbidden sexual relations and other prohibited pagan practices. (R Sacks)


Rabbi Sacks (Kedoshim)


R Soloveichik (Kedoshim) Core Jewish Values in Modern Times


Chabad (Kedoshim)

The name of the Parshah, “Kedoshim,” means “holy [ones]” and it is found in Leviticus 19:2.

The Parshah of Kedoshim begins with the statement: “You shall be holy, for I, the L‑rd your G‑d, am holy.” This is followed by dozens of mitzvot (divine commandments) through which the Jew sanctifies him- or herself and relates to the holiness of G‑d.

These include: the prohibition against idolatry, the mitzvah of charity, the principle of equality before the lawShabbatsexual moralityhonesty in businesshonor and awe of one’s parents, and the sacredness of life.

Also in Kedoshim is the dictum which the great sage Rabbi Akiva called a cardinal principle of Torah, and of which Hillel said, This is the entire Torah, the rest is commentary—“Love your fellow as yourself.”

Learn: Kedoshim in Depth
Browse: Kedoshim Parshah Columnists
Prep: Devar Torah Q&A for Kedoshim
Read: Haftarah in a Nutshell
Play: Kedoshim Parshah Quiz


Naso (Sefaria link)


Parshat Naso

Continuing the preparations for the Israelites’ journey from Sinai to the Holy Land, Naso contains a melange of subjects whose inner connection is not immediately obvious: the roles of two of the Levitical clans, Gershon and Merari, the census of the Levites as a group, rules about the purity of the camp, the law of the sota (the woman suspected of adultery), the Nazirite, and the priestly blessing.

The parsha concludes with a lengthy and repetitive account of the offerings brought by the tribes at the dedication of the Tabernacle.

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The Pursuit of Peace

The parsha of Naso seems, on the face of it, to be a heterogeneous collection of utterly unrelated items. First there is the account of…


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The Blessing of Love

At 176 verses, Naso is the longest of the parshiyot. Yet one of its most moving passages, and the one that has had the greatest…


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Sages and Saints

Two Versions of the Moral Life Parshat Naso contains the laws relating to the Nazirite – an individual who undertook to observe special rules of…


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The Politics of Envy

Few things in the Torah are more revolutionary than its conception of leadership. Ancient societies were hierarchical. The masses were poor and prone to hunger…


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The Ethic of Love

I confess to a thrill every time I read these words: Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say…


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Lifting Heads

The word Naso that gives its name to this week’s parsha is a verb of an extraordinary range of meanings, among them: to lift, to…


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What Counts?

This week’s sedra begins with a continuation of the census begun in last week’s – the act that gives the entire book its English name:…


Morality & Ethics Broadcasts

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The Courage to Engage with the World

As mentioned in a previous Covenant and Conversation, there was an ongoing debate between the Sages as to whether the Nazirite – whose laws are…


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Two Types of Hero

Last year in these studies we noted the well-known difference of opinion among the Sages about the nazirite – the individual who undertook to observe…


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The Nazirite

Our sedra contains the laws relating to an unusual phenomenon in the religious life: the case of the nazirite, an individual who undertook – by…


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The Priestly Blessings

In Jerusalem, looking down on Israel’s Parliament, the Knesset, is a magnificent building, the Israel museum. It houses an extraordinary array of exhibits, drawn from…




Rabbi Soloveichik (Naso)


Tue, July 16 2024 10 Tammuz 5784