Emor: A Summary of the Parashah

God gives Moses a series of laws specific to the priests; God then instructs Moses to tell the people about the festivals in addition to laws of blasphemy and murder.

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Yom Kippur & Sukkot

In the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, there shall be a Day of Atonement. You shall starve your vital energies. You must not do any creating work, nor any activity on that day. Indeed if any person does not afflict himself on that day, he is to be cut-off from his kinspeople. This holy Sabbath, this Day of Atonement, is an everlasting statute for your descendants, in all your dwelling places.

On the fifteenth day of this seventh month is the Festival of Huts. Seven days shall be dedicated to God. On the first day and the eighth day, you must not do any work. You shall take for yourselves on the first day, the fruit of the tree of beauty, leaves of palm branches and myrtle branches and willows of the brook, and rejoice before God. You shall live in booths seven days in order that future generations may know that I made the Israelite people live in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt.

In the Tent of Meeting outside the curtain of the Pact, Aaron shall set up a light to burn regularly, night and day, for all generations. Every Sabbath Day, Aaron shall have bread and incense and make an offering to the Lord.

If any person disrespects the Name of God and is a blasphemer, the person shall be taken outside the camp and the whole community shall stone that blasphemer. If a man murders any human being, he shall be put to death. One who strikes the life of an animal is to pay for it, life in place of life. If anyone does harm to a fellow, as he has done so shall it be done to him, fracture for fracture, eye for eye, tooth for tooth. The injury he inflicted shall be inflected on him. You shall have one standard for stranger and citizen alike: for I the Lord am your God.

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Nancy Reuben Greenfield

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