James BenAvraham Myers
Torah Potion (Double Portion) Parashah 29 & 30 ACHAREI MOT-KEDOSHIM "After Death/Holy Ones"
TORAH: Leviticus 16:1-20:27; I HAFTARAH (Writings/Prophets): Ez. 22:1-19 & Amos 9:7-15; I BRIT CHADASHA (Gospel): Romans 3:19-28, 9:30 - 10:13; Galatians 3:10-14; Hebrews 7:23 - 10:25; Matthew 5:33-37, 22:33-40; Luke 10:25-37; Romans 13:8-10; James 2:1-9; 1 Peter 1:13-21
Acharei Mot (also Aharei Mot, or Aharei Mos) (אַחֲרֵי מוֹת, Hebrew for "after the death") This is the 29th weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading. It is the sixth weekly portion (פָּרָשָׁה, parashah) in the Book of Leviticus, containing Leviticus 16:1–18:30. It is named after the fifth and sixth Hebrew words of the parashah, its first distinctive words: "And the Lord spoke unto Moses, after the death of the two sons of Aaron, when they drew near before the Lord, and died". A shorter version of the parashah's name is simply Acharei (אַחֲרֵי), "after." The parashah sets forth the law of the Yom Kippur ritual, centralized offerings, blood, and sexual practices. The parashah is made up of 4,294 Hebrew letters, 1,170 Hebrew words, and 80 verses, and can occupy about 154 lines in a Torah Scroll (סֵפֶר תּוֹרָה, Sefer Torah). "You shall not reap all the way to the edges of your field."
Kedoshim, K'doshim, or Qedoshim (קְדֹשִׁים — Hebrew for "holy ones), the 14th word, and the first distinctive word, in the parashah is the 30th weekly Torah portion (פָּרָשָׁה, parashah) in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading and the seventh in the Book of Leviticus. It constitutes Leviticus 19:1–20:27. The parashah is made up of 3,229 Hebrew letters, 868 Hebrew words, and 64 verses, and can occupy about 109 lines in a Torah Scroll (סֵפֶר תּוֹרָה, Sefer Torah). In the first reading (עליה, aliyah), YHVH told Moses to tell the Israelites to be holy, for YHVH is holy. YHVH is instructing the children of Israel on how to be Kodesh or Holy, so they would be Set-Apart from the rest of the world.
- 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
The Book of Vayikra/Leviticus is looked at as a "book of Laws" or a "book of Do's and Don'ts" by the majority of New Covenant believers today. This could not be further from the TRUTH! In reality, Leviticus is a book of divine Instructions for those who have entered into a Covenant relationship with YHVH, which instructs them how to walk in Righteousness, becoming a Set-Apart people for YHVH and YHVH alone. YHVH says "Be Holy because I am Holy" all throughout the Torah, which is our Heavenly Father's way of asking us to be Holy through obedience to His Commandments, Statutes and Judgments. Though our obedience we not only show the rest of the world that we are in a Covenant relationship with YHVH, but we also show our LOVE for the Father by obedience to His Torah (1 John 5:3 For this is the love of God—that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome).