Parashot Acharei Mot / Kedoshim (After the death / Holy)


Torah:  Leviticus 16:1-20:27

Haftarah: Ezekiel 22:1-19

Gospel: Matthew 15:10-20

Portion Summary

Acharei Mot
The twenty-ninth reading from the Torah and sixth reading from Leviticus is named Acharei Mot (אחרי מות), two words that mean “after the death.” The title comes from the first words of the first verse of the reading, which say, “Now the LORD spoke to Moses after the death of the two sons of Aaron” (Leviticus 16:1). Leviticus 16 describes the Tabernacle ceremony for the holy festival of the Day of Atonement. Leviticus 17 establishes general rules for sacrifice and sanctuary. Leviticus 18 lays down specific laws about permitted and forbidden sexual relationships.

The thirtieth reading from the Torah and seventh reading from Leviticus is named Kedoshim (קדושים), which mean “holy.” The title comes from the words in Leviticus 19:2, which says, “You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy.” Leviticus 19 describes the holy community through a series of specific commandments. Leviticus 20 warns against the snares of sexual immorality and idolatry, mandating a death penalty for certain sins. Except in biblical leap years, Kedoshim is read on the same Sabbath as the previous reading, Acharei Mot.

Portion Outline

Leviticus 16:1 | The Day of Atonement
Leviticus 17:1 | The Slaughtering of Animals
Leviticus 17:10 | Eating Blood Prohibited
Leviticus 18:1 | Sexual Relations
Leviticus 19:1 | Ritual and Moral Holiness
Leviticus 20:1 | Penalties for Violations of Holiness

Eze 22:1 | The Bloody City

Study Material

The Holy One of God

Working for Success

What ‘Holiness’ Looks Like

I Need Atonement

A Personal Day of Atonement

Do Not Do As They Do

Face to Face


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