And you shall not profane My holy name, and I shall be hallowed in the midst of the Israelites. I am the LORD Who hallows you...This verse concludes a chapter that lists restrictions on priests and sacrifices. The next chapter lists the Festivals and Netziv offers two reasons why this verse is an appropriate segway.
Parashat Kedoshim contains the famous command: you shall love your fellow man as yourself. As much as this verse is highlighted, it is tucked away in the middle of a larger paragraph of laws that begin: every man shall revere his mother and father. As noble as love your fellow man as yourself is, the
The Haftara chosen for Yom Ha'atzmaut describes the Messiah this way: he will smell (v'haricho) the fear of the LORD, and not by what his eyes sees shall he judge, and not by what his ears hear shall he render verdict. Words and sights lead a person astray but smell, Ibn Ezra explains, never fails a person. Without
The laws of Kashrut are delineated in our parasha. Samuel David Luzzatto connects these laws to the Stoic maxim, sustine et abstine, often translated as bear and forbear. Luzzatto meant that learning to bear and forbear is the only route to moral excellence. Many of the laws of the Torah call on a person to cultivate such an attitude.
For, look, the winter has passed, the rain has gone away. Buds can be seen in the land...these words, taken from the Song of Songs are read on the Shabbat of Passover. The Exodus took place in the spring and here we speak of winter passing and the rain leaving. Relentless rain is hard to