“You shall be holy like I am holy.” (Leviticus 19:2) How can we become holy as G-d is holy? Certainly, we are expected to live within the guidelines set out by Torah. Yet, to a certain extent a person can conduct himself as “a scoundrel with the permission of the Torah,” that is, live within the laws of Torah, but, nevertheless, lead a self-centered hedonistic life, never drawing nearer to G-d. But to make ourselves holy, we need to live responsibly and with commitment to G-d, even within the permitted parameters of Torah.
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Acharei Mot – Kedoshim (Leviticus 16:1-20-27)
Parashat Acharei Mot – Kedoshim is read on Shabbat:
Iyar 8, 5769/May 2, 2009
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