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Kedoshim in a Nutshell

Kedoshim in a Nutshell

Leviticus 19:1–20:27

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The Parshah of Kedoshim begins with the statement: “You shall be holy, for I, the L‑rd your G‑d, am holy.” This is followed by dozens of mitzvot (divine commandments) through which the Jew sanctifies him- or herself and relates to the holiness of G‑d.

These include: the prohibition against idolatry, the mitzvah of charity, the principle of equality before the law, Shabbat, sexual morality, honesty in business, honor and awe of one’s parents, and the sacredness of life.

Also in Kedoshim is the dictum which the great sage Rabbi Akiva called a cardinal principle of Torah, and of which Hillel said, “This is the entire Torah, the rest is commentary”—“Love your fellow as yourself.”

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April 29, 2011
The most important word: As
Love your fellow AS yourself (equality of respect), not FOR yourself (to gain an advantage), nor BEFORE yourself (to lose oneself).
Kevin Cullis
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