Ahare Mot: A Summary of the Parashah

God instructs Moses regarding the procedures for the Day of Atonement; sexual prohibitions are then listed.

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“Do not come near a woman during her period of uncleanness to uncover her nakedness. Do not have carnal relations with your neighbor's wife and defile yourself with her. Do not profane the name of your God: I am the Lord.

“Do not lie with a male as one lies with a woman; it is an abomination. Do not have carnal relations with any beast. Do not defile yourselves in any of those ways, for these are the very reasons that I am casting out the people who were in the land before you. But you must keep My laws and My norms and you must not do any of those abhorrent things, neither the citizen nor the stranger who resides among you; lest you defile yourselves through them: I the Lord am your God.”

Questions for Discussion

1) The annual day of atonement commanded by God in this portion is now known as Yom Kippur. How do you atone for your sins on Yom Kippur?

2) Why do you think God set aside one special day for all the Jewish people to atone for their sins?

3) If you sin, do you have to wait for Yom Kippur to make atonement to God? Why or why not?

4) What are some of the ways one can atone for sins at any time of the year?

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Nancy Reuben Greenfield

Nancy Reuben Greenfield has written three adaptations of the Torah, including an
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