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Parshat Emor

The Torah section of Emor ("Speak") begins with the special laws pertaining to the Kohanim ("priests"), the Kohen Gadol ("High Priest")...


Parshat Emor
(Vaikra 21:1-24:23)
The Torah section of Emor ("Speak") begins with the special laws pertaining to the Kohanim ("priests"), the Kohen Gadol ("High Priest"), and the Temple service: A Kohen may not become ritually impure through contact with a dead body, save on the occasion of the death of a close relative. A Kohen may not marry a divorcee or a woman with a promiscuous past; a Kohen Gadol can marry only a virgin. A Kohen with a physical deformity cannot serve in the Holy Temple, nor can a deformed animal be brought as an offering.
A newborn calf, lamb or kid must be left with its mother for seven days; one may not slaughter an animal and its offspring on the same day.
The second part of Emor lists the annual Callings of Holiness -- the festivals of the Jewish calendar: The bringing of the Passover offering on Nissan 14; the seven-day Passover festival beginning Nissan 15; the bringing of the Omer offering from the first barley harvest on the 2nd day of Passover and the commencement, on that day, of the 49-day Counting of the Omer, culminating in the festival of Shavuot on the 50th day; a "remembrance of shofar blowing" on Tishrei 1; a solemn fast day on Tishrei 10; and the Sukkot festival -- during which we are to dwell in huts for seven days and take the "Four Kinds" -- beginning on Tishrei 15.
Emor concludes with the incident of a man executed for blasphemy, and the penalties for murder (death), and for injuring one's fellow or destroying his property (monetary compensation).
(From chabad.org)

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