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Weekly Torah Portion: Building a Holy Nation

You shall be holy for I the Lord your God am holy. (Leviticus 19:2) Throughout Leviticus, God commands Moses to teach the Children of Israel, or to instruct them in various commandments and rules of behavior. With this scripture, God introduces a few laws pertaining…

Weekly Torah Portion: Holiness

The following is a taste of our Israel Bible Reading Plan. Follow the weekly portion with summaries, insights and lively conversation. To register, click here. This portion begins with an exhortation to “be holy”. The subsequent verses outline how to achieve that holiness. Most of the…
CFOIC provided this photo of a young Jewish couple getting married at the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron.

Weekly Torah Portion: Purity in the Land

Chapter 18 of Leviticus is seemingly a list of dos and don'ts, not unlike many of the rules of purity and impurity listed throughout Leviticus. But at closer examination, there is something different about the instructions listed here. The chapter begins with the verse: "You…