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Meir Tzvi Berman

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Parshas Achrei Mos - Kedoshim

HOLY, AND SOCIAL TOO

K'doshim Tihiyu
"You must be Holy."

Rashi comments that this portion was said to the Jews as an assembly. Besides telling us how this was conveyed to the Jews, Rashi’s statement also teaches about the commandment to "be holy."

Not only were these words were said to an assembly, they were also spoken for situations of assembly. That is, the Torah does not want us to be hermits. Rather, we are charged to associate with people and to do so in an elevated manner.

-(Toras Moshe - Ma'ayana Shel Torah)

AGES 3 - ADULT

Ish Eemo V'Oveev Tirau
"(Each) man shall revere his mother and father."

The word Ish (man) in the Torah usually denotes a mature individual.

The Torah deliberately uses this term when discussing the law of revering parents to teach that this commandment does not only apply to children who are still economically and emotionally dependent on their parents. Rather, respect of parents is an obligation upon everyone - even independent, well-established adults.

-(Ksav Sofer - Ma'ayana Shel Torah)


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