Contact Us


Hebrew Name


English Name


Phonetic Spelling

What does HOLINESS mean?
The Hebrew word kedushah is generally used to describe “holiness.”

דַּבֵּ֞ר אֶל־כׇּל־עֲדַ֧ת בְּנֵי־יִשְׂרָאֵ֛ל וְאָמַרְתָּ֥ אֲלֵהֶ֖ם קְדֹשִׁ֣ים תִּהְי֑וּ כִּ֣י קָד֔וֹשׁ אֲנִ֖י יְהֹוָ֥ה אֱלֹהֵיכֶֽם׃

Speak to the whole Israelite community and say to them: You shall be holy, for I, Hashem your God, am holy.

da-BER el-KOL-a-dat b'-NAY-yis-ra-AYL v'-a-mar-TA a-LE-hem k'-do-SHEEM tih-YU ki ka-DOSH a-NEE a-do-NAI e-lo-HE-khem

Leviticus 19:2

וְעָ֥שׂוּ לִ֖י מִקְדָּ֑שׁ וְשָׁכַנְתִּ֖י בְּתוֹכָֽם׃

And let them make Me a sanctuary that I may dwell among them.

v'-a-SU LEE mik-DASH v'-sha-khan-TEE b'-to-KHAM

Exodus 25:8

Description about HOLINESS
“You shall be holy, for I, your God am holy” (Leviticus 19:2). The Hebrew word kedushah is generally used to describe “holiness.” But Its root, kadosh, means “to be separate,” for only when we distinguish between the holy and mundane can we experience holiness. Many of the Biblical commandments require us to separate one thing from another, such as commandments that separate dairy and meat foods, prohibit the weaving of wool and linen and forbid the grafting of different species of trees. A holy nation must learn to distinguish and separate. To become holy, we must nullify our egos and dedicate ourselves to serving God and helping other people. As Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz wrote, “Where there is ego, there cannot be holiness; holiness can reside only where there is a surrender of the ‘I,’ where the self is nullified before its supernal source.” Holiness also exists in time. “Remember the day of Shabbat to make it holy” (Exodus 31:16). We make Shabbat different and holy through special prayers, fine clothing, delicious meals and by elevating our speech. At the end of Shabbat, we recognize the departure of the unique holiness of the day by reciting the blessing, “Blessed are You, God, King of the Universe, Who separates between the holy and the mundane.” The holiest place in the world is Jerusalem, the location chosen to build the Holy Temple for God, known as the Beit HaMikdash, the “House of Holiness.” The name “House of Holiness” reflects the Bible’s earlier command to build the Tabernacle, the predecessor to the Holy Temple. “And let them make Me a holy sanctuary that I may dwell among them” (Exodus 25:8).
Attribute of HOLINESS
Where is HOLINESS in the Bible?
Leviticus 19:2, Exodus 25:8
What did HOLINESS do in the Bible?
What does the Bible say about HOLINESS?

Connect to Israel on a deeper level

With the ONLY Bible highlighting the Land & People of Israel.


Full text of the Hebrew Scriptures in English and Hebrew with select transliterated verses


Unique Israel focused commentary on every chapter


Proper Hebrew pronunciation of key biblical names and places


The Israel Bible comes with a Hebrew alphabet chart, and additional learning sheets