- Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander
- Duration: 4 min
Finding Holiness in a Jerusalem Supermarket (Acharei Mot-Kedoshim 5780)
- 3 min 23 sec
Kedoshim is the name of the second Torah portion that we read this week and it focuses on our responsibilities to be kadosh and to help other people, both Jews and non-Jews. The first portion we read this week is Acharei Mot, which focuses on our relationship to God. Two Torah portions that really focus on different things. But they are put together is to remind us of the two complementary ways in which we engage in our Judaism. We are Jews who are supposed to engage in a relationship with God – that is Parshat Acharei Mot. But a relationship with God is only substantial when we are kedoshim – when we engage with others. It is why the Gemara (Bava Kama 30a) tells us that someone who wants to be pious should study the laws of nezikin.