Leviticus 11:45
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45  For I Hashem am He who brought you up from the land of Egypt to be your God: you shall be holy, for I am holy.

KEE a-NEE a-do-NAI ha-ma-a-LEH et-KHEM may-E-retz mitz-RA-yim lih-YOT la-KHEM lay-lo-HEEM vih-yee-TEM k’-do-SHEEM KEE ka-DOSH A-nee

מה  כִּי אֲנִי יְהֹוָה הַמַּעֲלֶה אֶתְכֶם מֵאֶרֶץ מִצְרַיִם לִהְיֹת לָכֶם לֵאלֹהִים וִהְיִיתֶם קְדֹשִׁים כִּי קָדוֹשׁ אָנִי׃

 11:45   You shall be holy, for I am holy

This verse appears towards the end of the description of the kosher dietary laws. God draws a clear connection between obeying the kosher laws and sustaining a status of holiness. The Bible instructs the Children of Israel to distinguish between things which may be eaten and things which are not to be eaten. In handing these requirements to the Jewish people, Hashem is requiring that they distinguish themselves from the other nations. They are charged with a great responsibility to live a holy life, to follow God’s commandments and to come as close as possible to the holiness of Hashem. Through observance of the kosher dietary laws, the People of Israel are meant to have a positive influence on the rest of the world.

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  • I do not understand all the different 'Offerings' why they are so.
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    My thinking on Holiness is that, it isn't of the body but of the Spirit within man, which then works itself out in and through the body. Does our body tell our spirit to be Holy, I think not, but our Spirit indeed tells our bodies to be thus and to come under Hashem's control. We don't just obey Hashem in our minds, but our actions come from our thinking and work out in our lives. Holiness comes from walking with Hashem. I think of Enoch, he must have been a holy man, and when walking with Hashem one day, that holiness was something that Hashem was pleased with, and so took him home.
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    There are many great men in the Torah, perhaps Enoch is my favourite. How I long to have the relationship with Hashem that he did.

  • 45 For I am the LORD that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.
    This statement made by Elohim many times throughout the Torah makes it clear to me that anyone who wants to worship/follow the Elohim of Avram, Yitszak and Ya’acov must be holy.
    How do we become holy?
    We follow the instructions given to us in the Torah.
    These instructions are simple as to what we can and can’t eat, the appointed times that we are to observe, with Shabbat being our starting point, and the way we are to conduct ourselves in our homes and communities. These instructions make us holy and set-apart to Elohim.
    If we chose to eat the unclean animals, set different holidays and don’t observe HIS Shabbat, then we’re not worshipping the Elohim of Avram, Yitszak and Ya’acov. We’re worshipping a different god.
    I think HE makes that pretty clear to us in the writings of Moshe.
    Baruch Hashem.

    • How do we become holy?
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      This question has haunted me for years and each year as I’ve gone through the Torah study I’ve never really been satisfied that I knew the answer.
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      When I wrote the comment above, I thought that my answer was right, but now I have a new understanding and I think my answer, “We follow the instructions given to us in the Torah.” is wrong.
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      There is NOTHING we can do to make ourselves holy. (Let that sink in a bit…….selah)
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      We are unclean, unrighteous and born into a sinful nature in the likeness of Adam (if you disagree with this point, go back and re-read Beresheet 5:3 and take it up with Elohim. I have no interest in arguing the matter.)
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      So, the question we have to ask is how can we be holy as HE is holy.
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      When Moshe and the people gathered all of the stuff to build the tabernacle, it was just stuff. They put it together and made it according to the design given to them by Elohim. It was beautiful enough to even impress Moshe, but the question here is was the tabernacle holy?
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      No, it was just a beautiful tent……………………When did it become holy?
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      You have to go back to Shemos (Exodus) 40:34 to find that answer.
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      We become holy when the Ruach Ha’Chodesh or the Spirit of Elohim dwells within us and only then.
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      We keep the commandments given to us in the Torah so that we don’t defile ourselves and make ourselves unfit for HIM to reside in us. HE is holy and HE won’t be a part of us when we chose to do things that HE hates………………..selah.
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      Baruch Hashem.

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