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12 Iyar 5778

27th April 2018

Acharei Mot / Kedoshim

Leviticus 16:1–20:27


Aaron’s sons Nadav and Avihu died, because they tried to get too close to G‑d. Only the high priest can go in the innermost chamber in the sanctuary; even he can only go on Yom Kippur.


On Yom Kippur the priest would cast lots over two goats, to decide which would be offered to G‑d. The other goat was called the scapegoat and was sent into the desert to carry the sins of Israel.  We still use that expression to when one person is blamed for something for which they weren’t solely responsible.


The Parsha also forbids eating blood.  This is why Jewish people have special butchers, and check eggs before they are used.


The Parsha of Kedoshim gives dozens of mitzvot. These include:

  • do not lie or steal, don't bear a grudge or take revenge
  • if somebody works for you, pay them right away
  • don't spread gossip about others
  • keep Shabbat
  • stand up when somebody respectable comes into a room
  • give charity to the poor, respect the elderly


Also in Kedoshim is what Rabbi Akiva called a cardinal principle of Torah, and of which Hillel said, “This is the entire Torah, the rest is commentary” - “Love your fellow as yourself.”


YR - Be nice to each other

Y1 - Being kind to other people

Y2 - do not do to others what you would not like done

Y3 - Respecting the learned and the elderly

Y4 – Honesty in dealing with others

Y5 - Being honest when dealing with others

Y6 - Do not spread a rumour, even if you think it is true



Parsha summary adapted from

The weekly mitzvot are adapted from the JCP Primary Parashat Hashavua Curriculum, and form the basis of the school's PSHE curriculum for all pupils.