04 May Rabbi Hillel Skolnik’s Torah Spark for Acharei Mot-K’doshim 5777
This Shabbat we read from the double portion of Acharei Mot-K’doshim, the second half of which begins what is known as the “Holiness Code.” During these final chapter of Leviticus, God details for the Israelites many commandments which are meant to create a sense of k’dusha, or sanctity, among the already inherently holy Jewish people. The truth is, while these mitzvot are of course important, it is really not that difficult to be a holy person. Yes, it is helpful to have many of these rules specified for us – such as respecting our parents, not murdering, and others which are included in these chapters – but we really ought to be able to figure a lot of it out for ourselves. The reason we need this code, and the challenge for us all, is helping those who don’t seem to be able to inherently understand what it means to be a holy person. If we can solve that problem, we’ll go a long way to having not only a holy people, but a sanctified world.
Rabbi Hillel Skolnik