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 put to death. Those who engage in any of the forbidden relationships are punishable by death, in forms according to the particular transgression. The Torah then reiterates its earlier statement that defiling the land will result in expulsion.
The portion finishes by commanding the people to distinguish between clean and unclean beasts for food, and again forbidding witchcraft.
Virtual Classroom Discussion
Why do you think cursing one’s parents is punishable by death? Wouldn’t the parents prefer their child live?