Shabbat Emor (Leviticus 21:1 – 24:23)
This weeks’ portion continues with the “Holiness Code”. As we discussed this past Shabbat, the Hebrew word for Holy (Kedosh) comes from the root that does NOT mean “better”, “higher”, “righteous”, etc but RATHER “set apart” or “separate”. It puts an entirely different spin on what it is that God is asking the Israelites to do and be.
Where last week the portion focused on laws of holiness for the entire nation, this week spends some time focusing just on the Priests and how they need to be set apart from the rest of the community.
The Rabbis of the Talmud derived from these rules that the Priests had to be superior to the rest of Israel because of the urgency and criticality of their job. Specifically, they had to be taller, stronger, wealthier, smarter and better looking. Whether we agree with this assessment or not is up our choice, and puts us into a fantastic dialogue with the voices of our tradition.
SO… limited only by your creativity and the category of food which you will be assigned (when you let us know if you can join us) please bring a food which represents one (or more!) of those 5 priestly attributes.