Mazeltov to Ze’ev and Yael Gluckman on the birth of a son born in Israel and mazeltov to grandparents Bernard and Debbie Gien.    Mazeltov to Dean and Chanah Marcus on the birth of a son and mazeltov to grandparents Stan and Jennifer Marcus.    Mazeltov to Herbie and Rhona Ullman on the birth of a grandson and mazeltov to parents Ryan and Leanne Lenhoff in Australia.    Mazeltov to Rabbi Sruli and Shira Kaufman on the birth of a son and mazeltov to grandparents Rabbi and Rebbetzin Suchard.    Mazeltov to Caylee daughter Howard and Janice Talpert on the occasion of her engagement to Assaf Sarid in Israel.
Parashat Acharei Mot – Kedoshim: A Summary

Parashat Acharei Mot – Kedoshim: A Summary

Acharei Mot includes the Yom Kippur service where the Cohen Gadol cast lots to designate two goats, one to be sacrificed, the other to be driven to a place called Azazel after the Cohen Gadol – the High Priest – confesses the sins of the people upon its head. Today it is a very popular epithet in Israel to instruct another person in the heat of an argument to “go to Azazel.” (I don’t believe the intent, however, is to look for the goat…)

The goat sent to Azazel symbolically carried away the sins of the Jewish people. This, I surmise, is the source of the concept of using a scapegoat. One thing you can truly give credit to the Jewish people, when we use a scapegoat, at least we use a real goat!

The Torah then proceeds to set forth the sexual laws — who you are not allowed to marry or have relations with. If one appreciates that the goal of life is to be holy, to perfect oneself and to be as much as possible like God, then he/she can appreciate that it is impossible to orgy at night and be spiritual by day

The Torah portion of Kedoshim invokes the Jewish people to be holy! And then it proceeds with the spiritual directions on how to achieve holiness, closeness to the Almighty. Within it lie the secrets and the prescription for Jewish continuity. If any group of people is to survive as an entity, it must have common values and goals — a direction and a meaning. By analysing this portion we can learn much about our personal and national destiny.

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