WEEKLY PARASHA: Emor

Parasha Emor
Leviticus 21:1-24 :23

Parasha Emor continues the Holiness Code with specific restrictions for the Kohanim (the priests) and the Kohan Gadol (the High Priest) pertaining to marriage, sexuality and mourning. This parasha sets forth the “fixed times” for observance of certain holy days with the establishment of Shabbat, Pesach, the counting of the omer, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot. We also learn about the kindling of the lamps for the Tent of Meeting and the proper placement of the twelve loaves of bread to be offered on Shabbat. The parasha closes with a brief narrative about the punishment for blasphemy (death by stoning).

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