The Portion of Kedoshim

Leviticus 19:1-20:27

The portion of Kedoshim includes moral and ritual laws designed to increase the holiness of the nation, as well as punishments for many of the transgressions mentioned in Acharei Mot.

 

 

Topic 1: Holiness

This unit begins with an exhortation to “be holy”. The subsequent verses outline how to achieve that holiness. Most of the laws contained in this chapter pertain to man’s interaction with his fellow, but several are also ritual. Examples of the former include required portions to charity, honest business dealings and treating our neighbors as… Read More »

 

 

Topic 2: Punishments

The final topic in our portion outlines the punishments for many of the crimes mentioned earlier, particularly in chapter 18. One who gives his offspring to Molech is to be stoned to death.  Anyone who enables him, or who turns to witchcraft, is cut off from the people. He who curses his parents should be… Read More »
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