The Temple Institute on the Parsha: Being Holy

Torah from the Old City of Jerusalem.

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Rabbi Chaim Richman,

Rabbi Chaim Richman
Rabbi Chaim Richman

Last week, in the Torah reading of Kedoshim, we saw laws designed to keep the Jews separate from others. Not disconnected from the world, but dedicated to G-d and the reading tells us how to live to ensure that this happens.

Emor, this week's reading, refines that concept for the Kohanim.

Being holy by being in this world, connected to and cognizant of G-d's presence in this world, ever ready to do good in this world, is the life of heightened consciousness that Torah exhorts us to live.

What Israel is to be for the world, the Kohanim are for Israel.