Emor

This Week's Torah: Moses Taught the Priests One Way, The People Another

In this week's Torah portion, Emor, we find this sentence in the very beginning: 

“And the Lord spoke to Moses:  Speak to the priest, the sons of Aaron and speak to them . . .” (Leviticus 21:1)

Even God, even at Sinai, spoke differently to the priests and to the people. Fotolia

The Role of Jewish Priests: A Matter of Life and Death

05/15/2012
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Jewish priests (Kohannim) are prohibited from attending funerals or encountering the dead (unless it is a close relative). How can the leaders of society neglect one of the most important aspects of community service? Here we learn a value of humility, empowerment, life, and transparency.

Rabbi Yanklowitz is founder and president of Uri L'Tzedek, director of Jewish life and senior Jewish educator at UCLA Hillel.
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