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Parshat Kedoshim

  Parshat Kedoshim

The Parsha of Kedoshim is connected to the previous Parsha of Acharei Mos where Bnei

Yisroel were warned not to imitate the acts of Mitzrayim and Canaan. The Torah now

emphasizes that it is not enought to stay away from evil but one must strive to reach the

heights of sanctity and purity by doing Mitzvos and good deeds at all times. It is no coincidence

that this Parshah contains fifty one Mitzvos: Thirteen Mitzvos Asei and thirty eight Mitzvos lo

saasei. The six previous Parshiyos in the Sefer of Vayikra contain a total of Ninety Seven


Ordinarily, every year, we read the Parshiyos of Acharei Mos-Kedoshim on the same

Shobbos. There is a substantial connection between the Parasha of Acharei Mos and Kedoshim.

Acharei Mos which begins with the holy work of the Kohain Gadol on Yom Kippur concludes

with cautionary warnings with regard to family purity and forbidden relations, read at the Yom

Kippur Mincha services.

The Parshah of Kedoshim contains a long list of Mitzvos, most of them pertaining to our

fellow man, all geared to bringing Bnei Yisroel closer to a holy and pure way of life. In many

ways this Parsha is like the Aseres Hadibros. It was said in the presence of all of Bnei Yisroel and

not in groups, as the other portions of the Torah and it includes all of the Ten Commandments.

In this instant, Hashem spoke to Bnei YIsroel, repeating the Aseres Hadibros directly to them so

they will not make the same mistake they did when they assumed that Hashem gave the first

set of Commandments to Moshe Rabeinu, resulting in the making of the Egel Hazahav.

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