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Beit Midrash Torah Portion and Tanach Kdoshim

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Parsha Summary: Kedoshim

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The Torah characterizes Am Yisrael as a holy nation, & advises us as to how to attain that Kedusha.

The following are prohibited: Idolatry; theft & robbery; false oaths; retention of another's property; delaying payment to an employee; hating or cursing a fellow Jew (even the deaf!); gossip; perversion of justice; inaction when others are at risk; embarrassing another; taking revenge; bearing a grudge; crossbreeding; wearing shatnez (wool & linen together); harvesting a tree in its first 3 years (orlah); gluttony & intoxication; witchcraft, tattooing.

Positive Mitzvot include: Respect for parents & the elderly; sharing our harvest with the poor; lovingothers (especially a convert); respect for
Rabbis; assisting the blind & deaf. We are warned not to imitate non-Jewish behavior, lest we lose the land of Israel. We must observe laws of kashrut and, in general, maintain our unique & separate status.
Rabbi Stewart Weiss
Was ordained at the Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Illinois, and led congregations in Chicago and Dallas prior to making Aliyah in 1992. He directs the Jewish Outreach Center in Ra'anana, helping to facilitate the spiritual absorption of new olim.
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