Acharei Mot – אחרי מות

April 30, 2022
Leviticus 16:1-18:30; Ezekiel 22:1-19; Romans 2:17-29

Torah Portion “אחרי מות – Acharei Mot” which mean “After Death,” and begins, “And יהוה spoke to Mosheh after the death of the two sons of Aharon, as they drew near before יהוה, and died.”

“After death” – These words were given after the death of Aaron’s son’s. After the death of ourselves when we stop saying “I have the right, I am entitled” and we realize that we have no rights as we serve HaShem in holiness versus (Lev 18:3) “You shall not do what is done in the land of Egypt where you lived nor are you to do what is done in the land of Canaan where I am bringing you. You shall not walk in their statutes.”

Canaanites and others promoted temple prostitution in their fertility worship. Israel was to be different and Holy. The Chumash states that culture is an accumulation of practices where many of which are not in the least logical. The Torah cautions us to avoid falling into habit-forming, mind-molding traps of imitating the practices of alien societies. We are to submit and surrender our social & moral life to HaShem, which is not religion but a way of life EVERYDAY.

Pastor concluded with the Mussar connection regarding “responsibility” which is the hidden root of Acharei. We are accountable to one another and we ARE our brother’s keeper. He also tied this to the scapegoat ritual: one man is atoning for Israel with a live goat. He lays the sins on the head of the goat and sends it away to the wilderness. This requires the entire community to seek each individual’s release from a state of transgression.

This week Ro’eh Richard concludes the days teachings with the Haftorah from Ezekiel 22:1-19 and the New Covenant E-drash from Romans 2:17-29.

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