27th day of the Omer
Parshat Acharei Mot–Kedoshim
- Stone Chumash, p.636, 144 verses
- Haftorah: Stone Chumash, p: 1173 – Amos 9:7 “Halo Kibnei Kushi’im”
- Pirkei Avot- Chapter 3
Important Shabbat Times
- Candle lighting: 7:25p
- Shma should be repeated after 8:23p
- Vasikin (Sunrise) : 6:20:02a
- Earliest Mincha: 1:36p
- Havdalah: 8:24p
- Zoom Havdalah 8:40p
Parshat Acharei Mot-Kedoshim contains several themes:
- 1) The laws of the Yom Kippur service in the Temple
- 2) Bringing a sacrifice outside the Temple (once it is designated) is forbidden
- 3) the prohibition against consuming blood
- 4) the mitzvah to cover the blood of fowl and non-domesticated kosher animals with earth
- 5) The laws of the prohibited relationships. Whereas the Torah lists 34 prohibited liaisons or marriages, the Rabbis formulated additional prohibitions known as “Shnios” or “secondaries”. However not all relatives are prohibited, e.g., A first cousin would be permissible, as would a man’s niece. For any questions, a Rabbi must be consulted.
- 6) Parshat Kedoshim contains the “social contract” laws of the people of Israel i.e. honoring parents, leaving sections of a field for the poor during harvest, not to delay paying a day-labourer, not to take revenge against a fellow Jew, to show extra respect toward the convert or a stranger in town, to establish standardized weights and measures, and not to cheat your customers: in general, not to be a “debaucher within the parameters of the Torah” (for example, an alcoholic who drinks only kosher wine, or a glutton who eats only kosher food, or one who gives a minimum amount of Tzedaka).
Amos 9:7 “Halo Kibnei Kushi’im”
Although the Exile may be harsh, it is only for purposes of testing us. G-d will not exchange us with another nation in the same way as an Ethiopian cannot change his skin. Ultimately, He will return all of our exiles to our land. We will still be harvesting the bounty of the land, at the time of ploughing, and the mountains will drip wine. Finally, “And you shall be planted on your land, and you will no longer be plucked out of their land which I gave them…” Let us hope that this prophecy has already been fulfilled in our time!