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A collection of essays on the weekly Torah Portions, from Genesis to Deuteronomy, adapted from Torah Club.

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What 'Holiness' Looks Like

Leviticus 19-20 contains the Bible's description of what holiness looks like. The passage begins with the words, "Speak to all the congregation of the sons of Israel and say to them, 'You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy'." "You shall not steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie to one another" (Leviticus 19:11).

Leviticus 19-20 contains the Bible's description of what holiness looks like. The passage begins with the words, "Speak to all the congregation of the sons of Israel and say to them, 'You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy'." "You shall not steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie to one another" (Leviticus 19:11).

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Leprosy in the Gospels

God’s Sanctuary represents immortality and incorruptibility. In His presence, there is no death, no decay, and no decomposition. Therefore, He bans from His Sanctuary the disease that represents a living decomposition. Leprosy involves an ongoing, visible progression toward physical corruption. It is the antithesis of the immortal and incorruptible world represented in God’s Sanctuary.

Aaron's Grief

Therapists encourage people to let their feelings out and to avoid bottling up emotions. This may be a good policy while in the therapist's office, but it is not a good way to conduct life. Of course we should be honest about our feelings, but it is not always appropriate in every situation.

Studying Torah Requires Searching the Scriptures

If one person started with the last Hebrew word of the Torah and started counted backwards, one word at a time, and another person simultaneously started with the first Hebrew word of the Torah, and started counting forward, one word at a time, they would meet at the exact center. Where would that be?

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