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Kedoshim: “Be Holy”

According to Rabbi Berel Wein, the Haskala movement of the nineteenth century proclaimed that it could produce someone who would be a “Jew in his home and a cosmopolitan human being, i.e., ‘citizen of the world’ in the marketplace.” This has sadly proven to be inaccurate as newspapers and television exposes are rife with shameful examples of Jews who cannot adhere to this untenable dream. Only those who practice holiness everywhere in life and in society can aspire to fulfill the Heavenly challenge of kedoshim tihiyu – “You shall be sanctified and dedicated unto God’s service.”

“Say My Name, Say My Name!”

In exploring Sefer Bamidbar, we see that the Torah emphasizes the importance of each and every person in this world.

Merely stating that there were approximately six hundred thousand male Jews from the ages of twenty to sixty only give us a statistic. Most statistics are faceless, impersonal and often meaningless. They never carry a moral or even educational lesson to the reader.

It is one thing to say that the Holocaust destroyed six million Jews; the stated fact remains impersonal and cold, unfeeling and without emotion. However, reading or listening to the story of just one survivor gives the historically horrific episode both immediacy and dimension.

Lifting the count of the Jewish people from mere statistics to a position of human empathy and understanding is part of the goal of the entire book of Bamidbar.

MAY 2012
Iyar-Sivan 5772

Candle Lighting Times
and Torah Portions

Friday, May 4
Light candles at 7:21 p.m.

Saturday, May 5
Torah Portion: Ahare Mot/Kedoshim (Leviticus 16:1-20:27)

Friday, May 11
Light candles at 7:27 p.m.

Saturday, May 12
Torah Portion: Emor
(Leviticus 21:1-24:23)

Friday, May 18
Light candles at 7:32 p.m.

Saturday, May 19
Torah Portion: Behar/Behukotai
(Leviticus 25:1-27:34)

Friday, May 25
Light candles at 7:37 p.m.

Saturday, May 26
Torah Portion: Bamidbar
(Numbers 1:1-4:20)

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