Parashat Emor: Leviticus;Chapter 21 Verse 1 – Chapter 24 Verse 23

05/01/2018 11:27:59 AM


Parashat Emor: Leviticus; Chapter 21 Verse 1 – Chapter 24 Verse 23

General Overview: This week we read about the specific laws which pertain to Kohanim (priests), and various laws which relate to sacrifices. These are followed by a lengthy discussion of the festivals. The portion concludes with the story of a blasphemer who was put to death.

1st Section: Specific restrictions for Kohanim and the Kohan Gadol pertaining to marriages, sexuality, and mourning.

2nd Section: Laws pertaining to physical blemishes of the Kohanim and who can and cannot eat from the priestly gifts.

3rd Section: Laws defining what constitutes an acceptable and unacceptable blemish on an animal designated to be a Korban (sacrifice).

4th Section: The establishment of Shabbat, Pesach, the Omer, the counting of the Omer and Shavuot.

5th Section: The establishment of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.

6th Section: The establishment of Sukkot.

7th Section: Laws of the Ner Tamid, the Showbread, the incident with the Blasphemer, and the penalties for Blasphemy.

Haftara: Ezekiel; Chapter 44 Verses 15-31

Haftara Summary: This week's haftarah discusses various laws that pertain to the kohanim, a topic also discussed at length in the first part of the week's Torah portion. Ezekiel prophesies about the service of the kohanim in the third Holy Temple which will be rebuilt after the Final Redemption. The prophet describes their priestly vestments, their personal care, whom they may and may not marry, and their special purity requirements which prevent them from coming in contact with a corpse, unless it's for an immediate relative. He also discusses their calling as teachers and spiritual leaders.

The prophet conveys G‑d's word: "You shall give them no possession in Israel; I am their possession." The kohanim do not receive a portion in the Land of Israel, instead they partake of the sacrifices as well as various tithes.

Sun, May 27 2018 13 Sivan 5778