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13/14 May: Parshat Kedoshim (HEMS and Reform)

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Of all passages in the Torah, Parshat Kedoshim ranks as one of the most important.   The major theme of Kedoshim is holiness.  Modern Jews all too often associate the concept of holiness with a realm far removed from daily life.  However, in simple terms, it is how we are supposed to be behave.

So in our parsha it states, “You shall not place a stumbling block before the blind.’ It is given a broad range of interpretations in the Talmud and in later Jewish literature.  Almost all Jewish scholars understood that the expression “the blind” is not to be interpreted literally.  A person can be “blind” if s/he is ignorant of a particular situation.  In other words, it means: Do not purposefully trip someone up.   Do not take advantage of someone not knowing something.  It is part of being holy.

 

Shabbat shalom,

Rabbi Paul Arberman

May 11, 2016