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3 Iyyar 5784 - May 11, 2024

Parshat Kedoshim

Rabbi's Reflections

-The Message of Parsha Placement: Don't Be Sad, Be Holy!-

Parshat Kedoshim is situated between Parshat Achrei-Mot and Parshat Emor, both of which enumerate the unique laws, service and status of the Kohanim. Why, then, does Parshat Kedoshim, which deals with the inherent holiness of the ordinary Jew, interrupt two parshiyot dealing with exclusively priestly matters? In his Lekutim Yekarim, Rav Areyh Leib Schochet explains that following Parshat Achrei-Mot, which discusses the sudden and tragic deaths of Aharon’s sons, Nadav and Avihu during the inauguration of the Mishkan, the people might despair and come to think that if Nadav and Avihu, two of the holiest people on earth, could not serve God properly, what chance do they, ordinary Jews, have? How could holiness ever be accessible or attainable after witnessing the destruction of these holy priests while in the midst of their service? “Therefore, Parshat Kedoshim directly follows Achrei-Mot in order to bring comfort and surety to every Jew that their good deeds and honest efforts will be pleasing before the Holy One, Blessed be He, and that every Jew will be called righteous, as the Holy Zohar says (Parshat Kedoshim 81a), ‘It does not say: Be holy. Rather, you will be holy,’ meaning it is a promise from the Holy One, Blessed be He to all of Israel, that they will merit to be holy as God is holy, for it is God Who sanctifies them” (Lekutim Yekarim, Parshat Kedoshim, 68). 

Thus, we need to hear the inspiring message of Parshat Kedoshim – that every Jew is holy, that every Jewish prayer is heard and every Jewish soul is endlessly precious after Achrei-Mot and before Emor, because we must redeem our simple faith in the power of the individual Jew to attain holiness, and that even when the traditional vessels and systems of holiness and ritual fail or are unable to perform their duties, we can yet reach the Divine and achieve holiness in our lives. As Reb Menachem Mendel of Vitebsk once said, “When the Messiah comes, even if there will be one Jew living in the most far-flung corner of the world, he will sense instantly that the King Messiah has come. This is what the Torah means when it says, “You shall be holy.” For every Jew will merit to be holy, and there can be no greater comfort than this – to know that every Jew will merit to be brought close, sanctified and see the King Messiah, and may he come speedily in our days.” 

Holiness is something every Jew can have access to and can make happen here and now. All that holiness requires is a sincere heart, a genuine commitment to God, Torah and community, and soul invested in goodness and spiritual excellence – ever seeking the reparation of a broken world. While the Kohanim function in order to help bring the people closer to God in the world of the Beit HaMikdash, it is, at the end of the day, the inherent holiness and power of the people themselves who can make that connection eternal, dependent upon nothing except the individual and God. As the Mishne teaches, “Rebbe Akiva said: How fortunate are you, Israel; before Whom are you purified, and Who purifies you? It is your Father in Heaven” (Yoma 8:9). 


Shabbat Shalom!

- Rabbi Dan

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Yom HaZikaron Community Ceremony 

This year, more than ever, it is important to stand together with our community for Yom HaZikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day, for those who lost their lives in the struggle that led to the establishment of the State of Israel, all military personnel who were killed while in active duty in Israel’s armed forces, and all victims of terror attacks. It is customary to wear a white top on Yom HaZikaron. We invite you to join in this custom.

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Eve Kurtin Steinberg (zl)

Effective with all kiddushes booked after the beginning of Passover (April 22nd), the new prices will be: 

  • $250 for a standard Kiddush
  • $50 more for a cake added to Kiddush 

For all Kiddushes booked and paid for prior to the beginning of Passover, the current prices will remain the same.

Additionally, the Kiddush calendar is opened up for the remainder of 2024 so that you can book as far in advance as you would like this year and still pay the lower prices. 

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Thank you to Arthur and Barb Altman for their donation to the Chesed Fund for a Refuah Shleimah for Terry Cohen, sister of Beth Shapiro; and for their donation in honor of Ariella Rush on completing her Doctor of Audiology degree from the University of Texas at Dallas.

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