Parsha Talk Kedoshim 2022 5782

Rabbis Eliot Malomet, Jeremy Kalmanofsky and Barry Chesler. This week we are back to the regular weekly reading, parashat Kedoshim [Leviticus 19-20]. For the rabbis, this is the central portion of Leviticus, with the famous verse, ve-ahavta l-re’akha ka-mokha [“you shall love your neighbor as yourself”], at the very center of the Torah. According to the Sage, Hillel, the rest [of the Torah] is commentary. We take up the theme of holiness in our discussion of chapter 19, though we make some references to chapter 20, a kind of reprise of chapter 18, read three weeks ago as part of parashat Acharai Mot. Since we recorded the show on the eve of Yom Ha-atzma’ut, Israel’s Independence Day, we spent some time discussing its significance. We hope you enjoy! Shabbat Shalom!!