On Loving the Stranger — Parashat Kedoshim

This week, we are returning once more to Parashat Kedoshim, filled with its many interpersonal mitzvot. In the opening verse of the 19th chapter of Leviticus, God enjoins us to be holy, for God, Godself, is holy. The chapter then lays out ways in which we are to be holy, including proper ritual and interpersonal conduct. Many verses from this portion cry out to be drashed—interpreted. We learn about proper treatment of individuals in our communities who have disabilities, the elderly, as well as how to properly treat workers.

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