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Kedoshim, K’doshim, or Qedoshim (קְדֹשִׁיםHebrew for "holy ones,” the 14th word, and the first distinctive word, in the parashah) is the 30th weekly Torah portion (פָּרָשָׁה, parashah) in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading and the seventh in the book of Leviticus. It constitutes Leviticus 19:1–20:27. The parashah is made up of 3,229 Hebrew letters, 868 Hebrew words, and 64 verses, and can occupy about 109 lines in a Torah Scroll (סֵפֶר תּוֹרָה, Sefer Torah).[1]

Jews generally read it in late April or May. The lunisolar Hebrew calendar contains up to 55 weeks, the exact number varying between 50 in common years and 54 or 55 in leap years. In leap years (for example, 2014, and 2016), parashah Kedoshim is read separately. In common years (for example, 2013, 2015, 2017, and 2018), parashah Kedoshim is combined with the previous parashah, Acharei Mot, to help achieve the needed number of weekly readings.

Some Conservative congregations substitute readings from Leviticus 19 for the traditional reading of Leviticus 18 in the Yom Kippur Minchah service.[2] And in the standard Reform High Holidays prayerbook (machzor), Leviticus 19:1–4, 9–18, and 32–37 are the Torah readings for the afternoon Yom Kippur service.[3]

Kodashim is also the name of the fifth order in the Mishnah, Tosefta, and Babylonian Talmud. The term “kedoshim” is sometimes also used to refer to the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, whom some call “kedoshim” because they fulfilled the mitzvah of Kiddush Hashem.

“You shall not reap all the way to the edges of your field.”


In traditional Sabbath Torah reading, the parashah is divided into seven readings, or עליות, aliyot.[4]

First reading — Leviticus 19:1–14[edit]

In the first reading (עליה, aliyah), God told Moses to tell the Israelites to be holy, for God is holy.[5] God’s instruction, considered by scholars to be part of the Holiness Code, then enumerates how people can be holy. God instructed the Israelites:

Second reading — Leviticus 19:15–22[edit]

In the second reading (עליה, aliyah), God instructed the Israelites:

  • To judge fairly[14]
  • Not to deal basely with their countrymen, profit by their blood, or hate them in their hearts[15]
  • To reprove kinsmen but incur no guilt because of them[16]
  • Not to take vengeance or bear a grudge[17]
  • To love others as oneself[18]
  • To observe God’s laws[19]
  • Not to interbreed different species or sow fields with two kinds of seed[20]
  • Not to wear cloth from a mixture of two kinds of material[21]
  • A man who has carnal relations with a slave woman designated for another man must offer a ram of guilt offering[22]

Third reading — Leviticus 19:23–32[edit]

In the third reading (עליה, aliyah), God instructed the Israelites:

  • To regard the fruit of a newly planted tree as forbidden for three years, set aside for God in the fourth year, and available to use in the fifth year[23]
  • Not to eat anything with its blood[24]
  • Not to practice divination or soothsaying[25]
  • Not to round off the side-growth on their heads or destroy the side-growth of their beards[26]
  • Not to make gashes in their flesh for the dead[27]
  • Not to degrade their daughters or make them harlots[28]
  • To venerate God’s sanctuary[29]
  • Not to turn to ghosts or inquire of spirits[30]
  • To rise before the aged and show deference to the old[31]

Fourth reading — Leviticus 19:33–37[edit]

In the fourth reading (עליה, aliyah), God instructed the Israelites:

  • Not to wrong strangers who reside in the land, but to love them as oneself[32]
  • Not to falsify weights or measures[33]
one imagining of Molech

Fifth reading — Leviticus 20:1–7[edit]

In the fifth reading (עליה, aliyah), God then told Moses to instruct the Israelites of the following penalties for transgressions.

The following were to be put to death:

The following were to be cut off from their people:

  • One who turned to ghosts or familiar spirits[35]

Sixth reading — Leviticus 20:8–22[edit]

In the sixth reading (עליה, aliyah), God told Moses to instruct the Israelites of the following penalties for transgressions.

The following were to be put to death:

  • One who insulted his father or mother[36]
  • A man who committed adultery with a married woman, and the married woman with whom he committed it[37]
  • A man who lay with his father’s wife, and his father wife with whom he lay[38]
  • A man who lay with his daughter-in-law, and his daughter-in-law with whom he lay[39]
  • A man who lay with a male as one lies with a woman, and the male with whom he lay[40]
  • A man who married a woman and her mother, and the woman and mother whom he married[41]
  • A man who had carnal relations with a beast, and the beast with whom he had relations[42]
  • A woman who approached any beast to mate with it, and the beast that she approached[43]
  • One who had a ghost or a familiar spirit[44]

The following were to be cut off from their people:

  • A man who married his sister, and the sister whom he married[45]
  • A man who lay with a woman in her infirmity, and the woman with whom he lay[46]

The following were to die childless:

  • A man who uncovered the nakedness of his aunt, and the aunt whose nakedness he uncovered[47]
  • A man who married his brother’s wife, and the brother’s wife whom he married[48]

God then enjoined the Israelites faithfully to observe all God’s laws, lest the Promised Land spew them out.[49]

Seventh reading — Leviticus 20:23–27[edit]

In the seventh reading (עליה, aliyah), God made clear that it was because the land’s former inhabitants did all these things that God dispossessed them.[50] God designated the Israelites as holy to God, for God is holy, and God had set the Israelites apart from other peoples to be God’s.[51]

In inner-biblical interpretation[edit]

The parashah has parallels or is discussed in these Biblical sources:[52]

Leviticus chapter 20[edit]

Leviticus 20:20 addresses God’s role in the creation of children. While Leviticus 12:6–8 required a new mother to bring a burnt-offering and a sin-offering, Leviticus 26:9, Deuteronomy 28:11, and Psalm 127:3–5 make clear that having children is a blessing from God; Genesis 15:2 and 1 Samuel 1:5–11 characterize childlessness as a misfortune; and Leviticus 20:20 and Deuteronomy 28:18 threaten childlessness as a punishment.

In classical rabbinic interpretation[edit]

The parashah is discussed in these rabbinic sources from the era of the Mishnah and the Talmud:

Leviticus chapter 19[edit]

Rabbi Judah ben Pazzi deduced from the juxtaposition of the sexual prohibitions of Leviticus 18 and the exhortation to holiness in Leviticus 19:2 that those who fence themselves against sexual immorality are called holy, and Rabbi Joshua ben Levi taught that wherever one finds a fence against sexual immorality, one will also find sanctity.[53]

A Midrash interpreted God’s message to Israel in Leviticus 19:1–2 to mean: “My children, as I am separate, so you be separate; as I am holy, so you be holy.”[54]

Rabbi Abin likened the two exhortations to holiness in Leviticus 19:1–2 and 20:7 to the case of a king who rewarded his drunkard watchmen twice as much as his sober watchmen. Similarly, God twice exhorted the Israelites to holiness, because the Evil Inclination sways people like drunkards, whereas the Evil Inclination does not exist among celestial beings. Similarly, Rabbi Abin likened the two exhortations to holiness to the case of the citizens who made three crowns for the king, and the king placed one on his own head and two on the heads of his sons. Similarly, every day the celestial beings crown God with three sanctities, calling him, in the words of Isaiah 6:3, “Holy, holy, holy.” God then places one crown of holiness on God’s own head and two crowns of holiness on the head of Israel.[55]

Rabbi Hiyya taught that the section beginning at Leviticus 19:1 was spoken in the presence of the whole Israelite people, because it includes most of the essential principles of the Torah. And Rabbi Levi said it was because it includes each of the Ten Commandments, noting that: (1) Exodus 20:2 says, “I am the Lord your God,” and Leviticus 19:3 says, “I am the Lord your God”; (2) Exodus 20:2–3 says, “You shall have no other gods,” and Leviticus 19:4 says, “Nor make to yourselves molten gods”; (3) Exodus 20:6 (20:7 in NJPS) says, “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain,” and Leviticus 19:12 says, “And you shall not swear by My name falsely”; (4) Exodus 20:7 (20:8 in NJPS) says, “Remember the Sabbath day,” and Leviticus 19:3 says, “And you shall keep My Sabbaths”; (5) Exodus 20:11 (20:12 in NJPS) says, “Honor your father and your mother,” and Leviticus 19:3 says, “You shall fear every man his mother, and his father”; (6) Exodus 20:12 (20:13 in NJPS) says, “You shall not murder,” and Leviticus 19:16 says, “Neither shall you stand idly by the blood of your neighbor”; (7) Exodus 20:12 (20:13 in NJPS) says, “You shall not commit adultery,” and Leviticus 20:10 says, “Both the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death; (8) Exodus 20:12 (20:13 in NJPS) says, “You shall not steal,” and Leviticus 19:11 says, “You shall not steal”; (9) Exodus 20:12 (20:13 in NJPS) says, “You shall not bear false witness,” and Leviticus 19:16 says, “You shall not go up and down as a talebearer”; and (10) Exodus 20:13 (20:14 in NJPS) says, “You shall not covet . . . anything that is your neighbor's,” and Leviticus 19:18 says, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”[56]

A Baraita cited the words of Leviticus 19:3, “You shall fear every man his mother and his father, and you shall keep My Sabbaths,” to teach that one’s duty to honor one’s parent does not supersede one’s duty to keep the Sabbath.[57]

Rabbi Shimon noted that everywhere else, Scripture mentions a father's honor before the mother's honor.[58] 21:15, and 21:17, and Deuteronomy 5:15 (5:16 in NJPS) and 27:16.) But Leviticus 19:3 mentions the mother first to teach that one should honor both parents equally.[59] The Sages, however, said that the father comes before the mother in all places, because both the son and the mother are bound to honor the father.[60]

It was taught in a Baraita that Rabbi said that God knows that a son honors his mother more than his father, because the mother wins him over with words. Therefore, (in Exodus 20:11 (20:12 in NJSP)) God put the honor of the father before that of the mother. God knows that a son fears his father more than his mother, because the father teaches him Torah. Therefore, (in Leviticus 19:3) God put the fear of the mother before that of the father.[61]

Noting that as Leviticus 19:3 commands, “You shall fear your father and mother,” and Deuteronomy 6:13 commands, “The Lord your God you shall fear and you shall serve,” the Rabbis taught in a Baraita that Scripture likens the fear of parents to the fear of God. As Exodus 20:11 (20:12 in NJSP) commands, “Honor your father and your mother,” and Proverbs 3:9 directs, “Honor the Lord with your substance,” Scripture likens the honor due to parents to that due to God. And as Exodus 21:17 commands, “He that curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death,” and Leviticus 24:15 commands, “Whoever curses his God shall bear his sin,” Scripture likens cursing parents to cursing God. But the Baraita conceded that with respect to striking (which Exodus 21:15 addresses with regard to parents) that it is certainly impossible (with respect to God). The Baraita concluded that these comparisons between parents and God are only logical, since the three (God, the mother, and the father) are partners in creation of the child. For the Rabbis taught in a Baraita that there are three partners in the creation of a person — God, the father, and the mother. When one honors one’s father and mother, God considers it as if God had dwelt among them and they had honored God. And a Tanna taught before Rav Nachman that when one vexes one’s father and mother, God considers it right not to dwell among them, for had God dwelt among them, they would have vexed God.[62]

Tractate Shabbat in the Mishnah, Tosefta, Jerusalem Talmud, and Babylonian Talmud interpreted the laws of the Sabbath in Exodus 16:23 and 29; 20:7–10 (20:8–11 in the NJPS); 31:13–17; 35:2–3; Leviticus 19:3; 23:3; Numbers 15:32–36; and Deuteronomy 5:11 (5:12 in the NJPS).[63]

Gleaners (watercolor circa 1896–1902 by James Tissot)

Tractate Peah in the Mishnah, Tosefta, and Jerusalem Talmud interpreted the laws of the harvest of the corner of the field and gleanings to be given to the poor in Leviticus 19:9–10 and 23:22, and Deuteronomy 24:19–21.[64]

The Gleaners (engraving by Gustave Doré from the 1865 La Sainte Bible)

The Mishnah taught that the Torah defines no minimum or maximum for the donation of the corners of one’s field to the poor.[65] But the Mishnah also taught that one should not make the amount left to the poor less than one-sixtieth of the entire crop. And even though no definite amount is given, the amount given should accord with the size of the field, the number of poor people, and the extent of the yield.[66]

Rabbi Eliezer taught that one who cultivates land in which one can plant a quarter kav of seed is obligated to give a corner to the poor. Rabbi Joshua said land that yields two seah of grain. Rabbi Tarfon said land of at least six handbreadths by six handbreadths. Rabbi Judah ben Betera said land that requires two strokes of a sickle to harvest, and the law is as he spoke. Rabbi Akiba said that one who cultivates land of any size is obligated to give a corner to the poor and the first fruits.[67]

The Mishnah taught that the poor could enter a field to collect three times a day — in the morning, at midday, and in the afternoon. Rabban Gamliel taught that they said this only so that landowners should not reduce the number of times that the poor could enter. Rabbi Akiba taught that they said this only so that landowners should not increase the number of times that the poor had to enter. The landowners of Beit Namer used to harvest along a rope and allowed the poor to collect a corner from every row.[68]

The Mishnah taught that if a wife foreswore all benefit from other people, her husband could not annul his wife’s vow, but she could still benefit from the gleanings, forgotten sheaves, and the corner of the field that Leviticus 19:9–10 and 23:22, and Deuteronomy 24:19–21 commanded farmers to leave for the poor.[69]

Tractates Nedarim and Shevuot in the Mishnah, Tosefta, Jerusalem Talmud, and Babylonian Talmud interpreted the laws of vows in Exodus 20:7, Leviticus 5:1–10 and 19:12, Numbers 30:2–17, and Deuteronomy 23:24.[70]

The Mishnah interpreted Leviticus 19:13 and Deuteronomy 24:14–15 to teach that a worker engaged by the day could collect the worker’s wages all of the following night. If engaged by the night, the worker could collect the wages all of the following day. If engaged by the hour, the worker could collect the wages all that day and night. If engaged by the week, month, year, or 7-year period, if the worker’s time expired during the day, the worker could collect the wages all that day. If the worker’s time expired during the night, the worker could collect the wages all that night and the following day.[71]

The Mishnah taught that the hire of persons, animals, or utensils were all subject to the law of Deuteronomy 24:15 that “in the same day you shall give him his hire” and the law of Leviticus 19:13 that “the wages of a hired servant shall not abide with you all night until the morning.” The employer became liable only when the worker or vendor demanded payment from the employer. Otherwise, the employer did not infringe the law. If the employer gave the worker or vendor a draft on a shopkeeper or a money changer, the employer complied with the law. A worker who claimed the wages within the set time could collect payment if the worker merely swore that the employer had not yet paid. But if the set time had passed, the worker’s oath was insufficient to collect payment. Yet if the worker had witnesses that the worker had demanded payment (within the set time), the worker could still swear and receive payment.[72]

The Mishnah taught that the employer of a resident alien was subject to the law of Deuteronomy 24:15 that “in the same day you shall give him his hire” (as Deuteronomy 24:14 refers to the stranger), but not to the law of Leviticus 19:13 that “the wages of a hired servant shall not abide with you all night until the morning.”[73]

The Mishnah taught that one who pursues a neighbor with intent to kill must be saved from sin at the cost of the pursuer’s own life.[74] The Rabbis taught in a Baraita that this rule could be derived from the injunction of Leviticus 19:16 that “You shall not stand by the blood of your neighbor.” But the Gemara objected that Leviticus 19:16 must be saved to support the Baraita that taught that if one person sees another drowning, mauled by beasts, or attacked by robbers, the first person is bound to try to save the other.[75]

In a Baraita, the Rabbis reasoned that had Leviticus 19:17 said simply, “You shall not hate your brother,” one might have believed that one should simply not smite, slap, or curse him; therefore Leviticus 19:17 states “in your heart” to cover intentions as well as actions. Scripture speaks of hatred in the heart.[76]

Thus, in Leviticus 19:17, the heart hates. A Midrash catalogued the wide range of additional capabilities of the heart reported in the Hebrew Bible.[77] The heart speaks,[78] sees,[79] hears,[80] walks,[81] falls,[82] stands,[83] rejoices,[84] cries,[85] is comforted,[86] is troubled,[87] becomes hardened,[88] grows faint,[89] grieves,[90] fears,[91] can be broken,[92] becomes proud,[93] rebels,[94] invents,[95] cavils,[96] overflows,[97] devises,[98] desires,[99] goes astray,[100] lusts,[101] is refreshed,[102] can be stolen,[103] is humbled,[104] is enticed,[105] errs,[106] trembles,[107] is awakened,[108] loves,[109] envies,[110] is searched,[111] is rent,[112] meditates,[113] is like a fire,[114] is like a stone,[115] turns in repentance,[116] becomes hot,[117] dies,[118] melts,[119] takes in words,[120] is susceptible to fear,[121] gives thanks,[122] covets,[123] becomes hard,[124] makes merry,[125] acts deceitfully,[126] speaks from out of itself,[127] loves bribes,[128] writes words,[129] plans,[130] receives commandments,[131] acts with pride,[132] makes arrangements,[133] and aggrandizes itself.[134]

In a Baraita, the Rabbis deduced from the command in Leviticus 19:17 that “you shall surely rebuke your neighbor” that one is obliged to reprove a neighbor whom one observes doing something wrong. And they deduced from the emphatic words “you shall surely rebuke” that if one has rebuked one’s neighbor and the neighbor does not accept the rebuke, then one must rebuke the neighbor again. But the Rabbis deduced that Leviticus 19:17 continues to say “you shall not bear sin because of him” to teach that one should not rebuke a neighbor to the neighbor’s embarrassment.[135]

Rabbi Tarfon wondered whether anyone in his generation could accept reproof, for if one told another, “Remove the mote from between your eyes,” the other would answer, “Remove the beam from between your eyes!” Rabbi Eleazar ben Azariah wondered whether anyone in his generation knew how to reprove. Rabbi Johanan ben Nuri said that he would often complain about Akiba to Rabban Gamaliel Beribbi, causing Akiba to be punished as a result, but Akiba all the more showered love upon Rabbi Johanan ben Nuri, bearing out what Proverbs 9:8 says: “Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you.”[136]

Rabbi Judah the son of Rabbi Simeon ben Pazzi asked his father whether it was preferable to reprove honestly or to forgo reproof out of false modesty. Rabbi Simeon answered that restraint out of true modesty is better still, for a Master said modesty is greatest of all. Thus false modesty is also preferable, he reasoned, for Rav Judah said in the name of Rav that one should engage in Torah study and good deeds, even if not for their own sake, because through doing good for an ulterior motive one will come to do good for its own sake. To illustrate honest reproof and forbearance out of false modesty, the Gemara told how Rav Huna and Hiyya bar Rav were sitting before Samuel, when Hiyya bar Rav complained about how Rav Huna was bothering him. Rav Huna undertook not to bother Hiyya bar Rav anymore. After Hiyya bar Rav left, Rav Huna told Samuel how Hiyya bar Rav had done this and that wrong thing. So Samuel asked Rav Huna why he had not told Hiyya bar Rav to his face. Rav Huna replied that he did not want to put the son of Rav to shame (and thus chose insincere forbearance over honest rebuke).[137]

The Gemara discussed how far one should reprove another. Rav said that one should reprove until the one reproved strikes the reprover. Samuel said that one should reprove until the one reproved curses the reprover. Rabbi Johanan said that one should reprove only until the one reproved rebukes the reprover. The Gemara noted a similar dispute among Tannaim. Rabbi Eliezer said until the one reproved strikes the reprover. Rabbi Joshua said until the one reproved curses the reprove. Ben Azzai said until the one reproved rebukes the reprover. Rav Nahman bar Isaac said that all three cited 1 Samuel 20:30 to support their positions. 1 Samuel 20:30 says: “Then Saul's anger was kindled against Jonathan and he said to him: ‘You son of perverse rebellion, do not I know that you have chosen the son of Jesse (David) to your own shame, and to the shame of your mother's nakedness?’” And shortly thereafter, 1 Samuel 20:33 says: “And Saul cast his spear at him to smite him.” Rabbi Eliezer said “until the one reproved strikes” because 1 Samuel 20:33 says “to smite him.” Rabbi Joshua said “until the one reproved curses” because 1 Samuel 20:33 says: “to your own shame and to the shame of your mother's nakedness.” Ben Azzai said “until the one reproved rebukes” because 1 Samuel 20:30 says: “Then Saul's anger was kindled.” The Gemara asked how Ben Azzai, who said “until the one reproved rebukes,” explained how 1 Samuel 20:33 also mentions beating and cursing. The Gemara reasoned that Jonathan risked his life even further (and rebuked even more than required) because of his great love of David.[138]

Hillel (sculpture at the Knesset Menorah, Jerusalem)

But Rabbi Il'a said in the name of Rabbi Eleazar son of Rabbi Simeon that just as one is obliged to say words of reproof that will be accepted, so one is obliged not to say words of reproof that will not be accepted. Rabbi Abba said that it is a duty to forgo reproof that will not be accepted, as Proverbs 9:8 says: “Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you.”[139]

Once a gentile came before Shammai and said, “I will convert to Judaism, on the condition that you teach me the whole Torah while I stand on one foot.” Shammai pushed him away with a builder's ruler. When the gentile repeated his challenge before Hillel, Hillel said to him (paraphrasing Leviticus 19:18), “What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow. That is the whole Torah, and the rest is the explanation — go and learn it.”[140]

Rav Nahman said in the name of Rabbah bar Abbuha that Leviticus 19:18 requires that even when executing a person, one must choose for the condemned an easy death.[141]

And other Rabbis counseled that Leviticus 19:18 prohibits taking actions that would make one’s spouse unattractive. Thus Rav Judah said in the name of Rav that Leviticus 19:18 requires a man not to become engaged to a woman before he sees her, lest he subsequently see something in her that might make her repulsive to him.[142] Similarly, Rav Hisda taught that Leviticus 19:18 prohibited one from engaging in marital relations during the daytime, and Abaye explained that this was because one might observe something that should make one’s spouse repulsive.[143]

Tractate Kilayim in the Mishnah, Tosefta, and Jerusalem Talmud interpreted the laws of mixing plants, cloth, and animals in Leviticus 19:19.[144]

Reading Leviticus 18:4, “My ordinances (מִשְׁפָּטַי, mishpatai) shall you do, and My statutes (חֻקֹּתַי, chukotai) shall you keep,” the Rabbis in a Baraita taught that the “ordinances” (מִשְׁפָּטִים, mishpatim) were commandments that logic would have dictated that we follow even had Scripture not commanded them, like the laws concerning idolatry, adultery, bloodshed, robbery, and blasphemy. And “statutes” (חֻקִּים, chukim) were commandments that the Adversary challenges us to violate as beyond reason, like those relating to wool-linen mixtures (שַׁעַטְנֵז, shatnez, prohibited by Leviticus 19:19 and Deuteronomy 22:11), release from levirate marriage (חליצה, chalitzah, mandated by Deuteronomy 25:5–10), purification of the person with tzaraat (in Leviticus 14), and the scapegoat (in Leviticus 16). So that people do not think these “ordinances” (מִשְׁפָּטִים, mishpatim) to be empty acts, in Leviticus 18:4, God says, “I am the Lord,” indicating that the Lord made these statutes, and we have no right to question them.[145] The Sifra reported the same discussion, and added eating pork (prohibited by Leviticus 11:7 and Deuteronomy 14:7–8) and purification of a person affected by skin disease (מְּצֹרָע, metzora, regulated in Leviticus 13–14).[146] Similarly, Rabbi Joshua of Siknin taught in the name of Rabbi Levi that the Evil Inclination criticizes four laws as without logical basis, and Scripture uses the expression “statute” (chuk) in connection with each: the laws of (1) a brother’s wife (in Deuteronomy 25:5–10), (2) mingled kinds (in Leviticus 19:19 and Deuteronomy 22:11), (3) the scapegoat (in Leviticus 16), and (4) the red cow (in Numbers 19).[147]

Rabbi Eleazar ben Azariah taught that people should not say that they do not want to wear a wool-linen mixture (שַׁעַטְנֵז, shatnez, prohibited by Leviticus 19:19 and Deuteronomy 22:11), eat pork (prohibited by Leviticus 11:7 and Deuteronomy 14:7–8), or be intimate with forbidden partners (prohibited by Leviticus 18 and 20), but rather should say that they would love to, but God has decreed that they not do so. For in Leviticus 20:26, God says, “I have separated you from the nations to be mine.” So one should separate from transgression and accept the rule of Heaven.[148]

Hanina ben Hakinai employed the prohibition of Leviticus 19:19 to imagine how one could with one action violate up to nine separate commandments. One could (1) plow with an ox and a donkey yoked together (in violation of Deuteronomy 22:10) (2 and 3) that are two animals dedicated to the sanctuary, (4) plowing mixed seeds sown in a vineyard (in violation of Deuteronomy 22:9), (5) during a Sabbatical year (in violation of Leviticus 25:4), (6) on a Festival-day (in violation of, for example, Leviticus 23:7), (7) when the plower is a priest (in violation of Leviticus 21:1) and (8) a Nazirite (in violation of Numbers 6:6) plowing in a contaminated place. Chananya ben Chachinai said that the plower also may have been wearing a garment of wool and linen (in violation of Leviticus 19:19 and Deuteronomy 22:11). They said to him that this would not be in the same category as the other violations. He replied that neither is the Nazirite in the same category as the other violations.[149]

Tractate Orlah in the Mishnah, Tosefta, and Jerusalem Talmud interpreted the laws of the prohibition in Leviticus 19:23–25 against using the fruits of a tree in its first three years.[150]

Judah ben Padiah noted Adam’s frailty, for he could not remain loyal even for a single hour to God’s charge that he not eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, yet in accordance with Leviticus 19:23, Adam’s descendants the Israelites waited three years for the fruits of a tree.[151]

Offering to Molech (illustration from the 1897 Bible Pictures and What They Teach Us by Charles Foster)

The Mishnah taught that the commandments of Leviticus 19:27 not to round off the side-growth of one’s head and not to destroy the corners of one’s beard are two of only three exceptions to the general rule that every commandment that is a prohibition (whether time-dependent or not) governs both men and women. The other exception is the commandment of Leviticus 21:1 for Kohanim not to become ritually impure for the dead.[152]

Leviticus chapter 20[edit]

Mishnah Sanhedrin 7:7 and Babylonian Talmud Sanhedrin 64a–b interpreted the laws prohibiting passing one’s child through the fire to Molech in Leviticus 18:21 and 20:1–5 and Deuteronomy 18:10.

The Mishnah asked about the command of Leviticus 20:15–16 that the animal be killed: If the person had sinned, in what way did the animal sin? The Mishnah concluded that Scripture ordered it killed because it enticed the person to sin. Alternatively, the Mishnah explained that the animal was killed so that it should not pass through the streets provoking people to say, “This is the animal on account of which so and so was stoned.”[153]

The Gemara reported a number of Rabbis’ reports of how the Land of Israel did indeed flow with “milk and honey,” as described in Exodus 3:8 and 17, 13:5, and 33:3, Leviticus 20:24, Numbers 13:27 and 14:8, and Deuteronomy 6:3, 11:9, 26:9 and 15, 27:3, and 31:20. Once when Rami bar Ezekiel visited Bnei Brak, he saw goats grazing under fig trees while honey was flowing from the figs, and milk dripped from the goats mingling with the fig honey, causing him to remark that it was indeed a land flowing with milk and honey. Rabbi Jacob ben Dostai said that it is about three miles from Lod to Ono, and once he rose up early in the morning and waded all that way up to his ankles in fig honey. Resh Lakish said that he saw the flow of the milk and honey of Sepphoris extend over an area of sixteen miles by sixteen miles. Rabbah bar Bar Hana said that he saw the flow of the milk and honey in all the Land of Israel and the total area was equal to an area of twenty-two parasangs by six parasangs.[154]


According to Sefer ha-Chinuch, there are 13 positive and 38 negative commandments in the parashah:[155]

  • To revere one’s father and mother[156]
  • Not to turn to idolatry[157]
  • Not to make an idol[158]
  • Not to eat meat left over from sacrifices[159]
  • Not to reap a corner of one’s field, so that the poor may glean[160]
  • Not to reap the very last end of one’s field, so that the poor may glean[161]
  • To leave gleanings for the poor[162]
  • Not to gather the gleanings, so that the poor may take them[163]
  • To leave a part of a vineyard unreaped, for the poor[164]
  • Not to gather the gleanings of a vineyard, so that the poor may take them[165]
  • To leave the unformed clusters of grapes for the poor[166]
  • Not to steal[167]
  • Not to deny possession of something entrusted to you[168]
  • Not to swear in denial of a monetary claim[169]
  • Not to swear falsely in God's Name[170]
  • Not to withhold wages or fail to repay a debt[171]
  • Not to rob or defraud one's neighbor[172]
  • Not to delay payment of wages past the agreed time[173]
  • Not to curse any upstanding Jew[174]
  • Not to put a stumbling block before nor give harmful advice (lifnei iver) to a trusting person[175]
  • Not to pervert justice[176]
  • A judge must not respect the great man at the trial.[177]
  • To judge righteously[178]
  • Not to speak derogatorily of others[179]
  • Not to stand idly by if someone's life is in danger[180]
  • Not to hate fellow Jew[181]
  • To reprove a sinner[182]
  • Not to embarrass others[183]
  • Not to take revenge[184]
  • Not to bear a grudge[185]
  • To love others as one loves oneself (Brotherly love is commanded in Leviticus 19:18 for one's "neighbor" [other Jews] and at Leviticus 19:34 for "strangers.")
  • Not to crossbreed animals[186]
  • Not to plant diverse seeds together[187]
  • Not to eat fruit of a tree during its first three years[188]
  • The fourth year crops must be totally for holy purposes.[189]
  • Not to eat like a glutton or drink like a drunkard[190]
  • Not to be superstitious[191]
  • Not to engage in astrology[192]
  • Men must not shave the hair off the sides of their head.[193]
  • Men must not shave their beards with a razor.[194]
  • Not to tattoo the skin[195]
  • To show reverence to the Temple[196]
  • Not to act as a medium[197]
  • Not to act as a magical seer[198]
  • To honor those who teach and know Torah[199]
  • Not to commit injustice with scales and weights[200]
  • Each individual must ensure that his scales and weights are accurate[201]
  • Not to curse one’s father or mother[202]
  • The courts must carry out the death penalty of burning[203]
  • Not to imitate idolaters in customs and clothing[204]

In the liturgy[edit]

Amos (engraving by Gustave Doré from the 1865 La Sainte Bible)

God’s characteristic of holiness in Leviticus 19:2 is reflected in Isaiah 6:2–3 and in turn in the Kedushah section of the Amidah prayer in each of the three prayer services.[205]


The haftarah for the parashah is:

When parashah Kedoshim is combined with parashah Acharei (as it is in 2013 and 2015), the haftarah is still the haftarah for parashah Kedoshim.

Further reading[edit]

The parashah has parallels or is discussed in these sources:



  • Confucius. The Analects 3:15:23. (“Tsze-kung asked, saying, ‘Is there one word which may serve as a rule of practice for all one's life?’ The Master said, ‘Is not Reciprocity such a word? What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.’”). China, circa 5th Century B.C.E.

Early nonrabbinic[edit]

  • James 2:8 (“If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself,’ you are doing right.”). Circa 45–62 C.E.
  • Galatians 5:14 (“The entire law is summed up in a single command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”). Circa 49–58 C.E.
  • Romans 13:8–9 (“Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law. The commandments . . . are summed up in this one rule: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”). Greece, circa 58 C.E.
  • Mark 12:31 (“The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these."). Circa 70 C.E.
  • Matthew 7:12 (“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”); 19:19 (“‘love your neighbor as yourself.’”); 22:39–40 (“And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”). Circa 70–100 C.E.
  • Luke 6:31 (“Do to others as you would have them do to you.”); 10:25–28 (“Love your neighbor as yourself.”). Circa 80–150 CE.
  • Acts 7:42–43 (Molech). Circa 80–150 CE.

Classical rabbinic[edit]

  • Mishnah: Peah 1:1–8:9; Kilayim 1:1–9:10; Sheviit 1:8; Terumot 3:9; Orlah 1:1–3:9; Shekalim 1:1; Yevamot 8:6; Nedarim 9:4, 11:3; Kiddushin 1:7, 1:9; Bava Kamma 5:7; Bava Metzia 5:11, 7:7, 9:11–12; Sanhedrin 1:3–4, 3:7, 7:4, 7:6–8, 7:10–11, 9:1; Makkot 3:5–6, 3:8–9; Keritot 1:1, 2:4–6, 6:9. Land of Israel, circa 200 CE. Reprinted in, e.g., The Mishnah: A New Translation. Translated by Jacob Neusner, 14–36, 49–68, 70, 100, 158–66, 251, 356, 424, 428, 489, 515, 544, 548, 583–84, 589, 597–98, 602, 617–18, 836, 840, 851. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1988. ISBN 0-300-05022-4.
  • Tosefta: Peah 1:1–4:21; Demai 5:2; Kilayim 1:1–5:27; Maasrot 3:12; Orlah 1:1–8; Bikkurim 2:4; Shabbat 15:9; 17:1; Megillah 3:24; Sotah 5:11; 15:7; Gittin 2:7; Kiddushin 1:4; Bava Metzia 10:3; Bava Batra 5:7; Sanhedrin 3:1; 6:2; 9:11; 12:1; Shevuot 3:1. Land of Israel, circa 300 CE. Reprinted in, e.g., The Tosefta: Translated from the Hebrew, with a New Introduction. Translated by Jacob Neusner, 1:47–76, 103, 251–76, 292, 341–43, 349, 415, 423, 650, 853, 891, 901, 925–26; 2:1084, 1115, 1150, 1164, 1178, 1185, 1229. Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson Pub., 2002. ISBN 1-56563-642-2.
  • Sifra 195:1–210:2. Land of Israel, 4th century CE. Reprinted in, e.g., Sifra: An Analytical Translation. Translated by Jacob Neusner, 3:85–159. Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1988. ISBN 1-55540-207-0.
  • Jerusalem Talmud: Berakhot 60a; Peah 1a–73b; Kilayim 1a–84b; Sheviit 12a, 59a; Maasrot 37b; Maaser Sheni 49b, 51a; Orlah 1a–42a; Bikkurim 23a–b; Shabbat 1a–; Pesachim 14b; Rosh Hashanah 8a, 9b; Sanhedrin 3b, 29b, 34b; Shevuot 1a–. Land of Israel, circa 400 CE. Reprinted in, e.g., Talmud Yerushalmi. Edited by Chaim Malinowitz, Yisroel Simcha Schorr, and Mordechai Marcus, volumes 2–3, 6a–b, 9–10, 12–13, 18, 24. Brooklyn: Mesorah Publications, 2006–2013.
  • Mekhilta of Rabbi Simeon 49:3; 45:1–2; 61:1; 62:1, 3; 66:1; 74:4; 76:3; 77:3. Land of Israel, 5th century. Reprinted in, e.g., Mekhilta de-Rabbi Shimon bar Yohai. Translated by W. David Nelson, 218, 249–50, 278, 282, 284–85, 294, 348, 355, 359. Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 2006. ISBN 0-8276-0799-7.
  • Leviticus Rabbah 19:4; 24:1–25:8; 26:7; 27:3; 30:10; 35:3; 36:1. Land of Israel, 5th century. Reprinted in, e.g., Midrash Rabbah: Leviticus. Translated by H. Freedman and Maurice Simon, 4:242, 304–24, 330–36, 346, 391, 448, 456. London: Soncino Press, 1939. ISBN 0-900689-38-2.


  • Rashi. Commentary. Leviticus 19–20. Troyes, France, late 11th century. Reprinted in, e.g., Rashi. The Torah: With Rashi’s Commentary Translated, Annotated, and Elucidated. Translated and annotated by Yisrael Isser Zvi Herczeg, 3:225–59. Brooklyn: Mesorah Publications, 1994. ISBN 0-89906-028-5.
  • Judah Halevi. Kuzari. 3:11; 4:3. Toledo, Spain, 1130–1140. Reprinted in, e.g., Jehuda Halevi. Kuzari: An Argument for the Faith of Israel. Introduction by Henry Slonimsky, pages 148, 203. New York: Schocken, 1964. ISBN 0-8052-0075-4.
  • Zohar 3:80a–88a. Spain, late 13th century. Reprinted in, e.g., The Zohar. Translated by Harry Sperling and Maurice Simon. 5 vols. London: Soncino Press, 1934.


  • Thomas Hobbes. Leviathan, 3:40. England, 1651. Reprint edited by C. B. Macpherson, 503–04. Harmondsworth, England: Penguin Classics, 1982. ISBN 0-14-043195-0.
  • Immanuel Kant. Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals, Second Section. Germany, 1785. (“There is therefore but one categorical imperative, namely, this: Act only on that maxim whereby thou canst at the same time will that it should become a universal law.”).
  • Thomas Mann. Joseph and His Brothers. Translated by John E. Woods, 79, 82–83, 152–53, 189, 201–02, 226–27, 336, 351, 384–86, 927. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2005. ISBN 1-4000-4001-9. Originally published as Joseph und seine Brüder. Stockholm: Bermann-Fischer Verlag, 1943.
  • Morris Adler. The World of the Talmud, 27–28, 40–41. B'nai B'rith Hillel Foundations, 1958. Reprinted Kessinger Publishing, 2007. ISBN 0-548-08000-3.
  • James A. Michener. The Source, 106–20. New York: Random House, 1965.
  • [Consensus Statement on Homosexuality New York: Rabbinical Assembly, 1992. EH 24.1992a. Reprinted in Responsa: 1991–2000: The Committee on Jewish Law and Standards of the Conservative Movement. Edited by Kassel Abelson and David J. Fine, 612. New York: Rabbinical Assembly, 2002. ISBN 0-916219-19-4.
  • Joel Roth. “Homosexuality.” New York: Rabbinical Assembly, 1992. EH 24.1992b. Reprinted in Responsa: 1991–2000: The Committee on Jewish Law and Standards of the Conservative Movement. Edited by Kassel Abelson and David J. Fine, 613–75. New York: Rabbinical Assembly, 2002. ISBN 0-916219-19-4.
  • Howard Handler. “In the Image of God: A Dissent in Favor of the Full Equality of Gay and Lesbian Jews into the Community of Conservative Judaism.” New York: Rabbinical Assembly, 1992. EH 24.1992h. Reprinted in Responsa: 1991–2000: The Committee on Jewish Law and Standards of the Conservative Movement. Edited by Kassel Abelson and David J. Fine, 718–21. New York: Rabbinical Assembly, 2002. ISBN 0-916219-19-4.
  • Aaron Wildavsky. Assimilation versus Separation: Joseph the Administrator and the Politics of Religion in Biblical Israel, 3–4. New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Publishers, 1993. ISBN 1-56000-081-3.
  • Jacob Milgrom. “Does the Bible Prohibit Homosexuality? The biblical prohibition is addressed only to Israel. It is incorrect to apply it on a universal scale.” Bible Review. 9 (6) (Dec. 1993).
  • Jacob Milgrom. “How Not to Read the Bible: I am not for homosexuality, but I am for homosexuals. When the Bible is distorted to make God their enemy I must speak out to set the record straight.” Bible Review. 10 (2) (Apr. 1994).
  • Jacob Milgrom. “The Most Basic Law in the Bible: It is easy to ‘love’ the war-ravaged Bosnians, the AIDS-stricken Zaireans or the bereaved of Oklahoma City. But what of the strangers in our midst, the vagrants on our sidewalks?” Bible Review. 11 (4) (Aug. 1994).
  • Jacob Milgrom. “‘The Alien in Your Midst’: Every nation has its ger: the permanent resident. The Torah commands us, first, not to oppress the ger, and then to befriend and love him.” Bible Review. 11 (6) (Dec. 1995).
  • Marc Gellman. “Cutting Corners.” In God’s Mailbox: More Stories About Stories in the Bible, 80–84. New York: Morrow Junior Books, 1996. ISBN 0-688-13169-7.
  • Calum M. Carmichael. Law, Legend, and Incest in the Bible: Leviticus 18–20, at 1–44, 62–198. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press, 1997. ISBN 0-8014-3388-6.
  • Mary Douglas. Leviticus as Literature, 37, 42, 46, 84, 92, 99, 109, 123–24, 151, 156, 216, 231, 233, 237–40, 246, 250. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999. ISBN 0-19-924419-7.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]




  1. ^ "Torah Stats — VaYikra". Akhlah Inc. Retrieved April 14, 2013. 
  2. ^ See Mahzor for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Edited by Jules Harlow. United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. ISBN 0-87441-148-3.
  3. ^ Gates of Repentance: The New Union Prayerbook for the Days of Awe. Edited by Chaim Stern, 452–55. New York: Central Conference of American Rabbis, Revised ed. 1996. ISBN 0-88123-069-3.
  4. ^ See, e.g., The Schottenstein Edition Interlinear Chumash: Vayikra/Leviticus. Edited by Menachem Davis, 129–46. Brooklyn: Mesorah Publications, 2008. ISBN 1-4226-0206-0.
  5. ^ Leviticus 19:1–2.
  6. ^ Leviticus 19:3.
  7. ^ Leviticus 19:3.
  8. ^ Leviticus 19:4.
  9. ^ Leviticus 19:5–8.
  10. ^ Leviticus 19:9–10.
  11. ^ Leviticus 19:11–13.
  12. ^ Leviticus 19:13.
  13. ^ Leviticus 19:14.
  14. ^ Leviticus 19:15.
  15. ^ Leviticus 19:16–17.
  16. ^ Leviticus 19:17.
  17. ^ Leviticus 19:18.
  18. ^ Leviticus 19:18.
  19. ^ Leviticus 19:19.
  20. ^ Leviticus 19:19.
  21. ^ Leviticus 19:19.
  22. ^ Leviticus 19:20–22.
  23. ^ Leviticus 19:23–25.
  24. ^ Leviticus 19:26.
  25. ^ Leviticus 19:26.
  26. ^ Leviticus 19:27.
  27. ^ Leviticus 19:28.
  28. ^ Leviticus 19:29.
  29. ^ Leviticus 19:30.
  30. ^ Leviticus 19:31.
  31. ^ Leviticus 19:32.
  32. ^ Leviticus 19:33–34.
  33. ^ Leviticus 19:35–36.
  34. ^ Leviticus 20:1–2.
  35. ^ Leviticus 20:6.
  36. ^ Leviticus 20:9.
  37. ^ Leviticus 20:10.
  38. ^ Leviticus 20:11.
  39. ^ Leviticus 20:12.
  40. ^ Leviticus 20:13.
  41. ^ Leviticus 20:14.
  42. ^ Leviticus 20:15.
  43. ^ Leviticus 20:16.
  44. ^ Leviticus 20:27.
  45. ^ Leviticus 20:17.
  46. ^ Leviticus 20:18.
  47. ^ Leviticus 20:19–20.
  48. ^ Leviticus 20:21.
  49. ^ Leviticus 20:22.
  50. ^ Leviticus 20:23.
  51. ^ Leviticus 20:26.
  52. ^ For more on inner-Biblical interpretation, see, e.g., Benjamin D. Sommer. “Inner-biblical Interpretation.” In The Jewish Study Bible. Edited by Adele Berlin and Marc Zvi Brettler, pages 1829–35. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004. ISBN 0-19-529751-2.
  53. ^ Leviticus Rabbah 24:6.
  54. ^ Leviticus Rabbah 24:4.
  55. ^ Leviticus Rabbah 24:8.
  56. ^ Leviticus Rabbah 24:5.
  57. ^ Babylonian Talmud Yevamot 5b.
  58. ^ E.g., Exodus 20:11 (20:12 in NJSP
  59. ^ Mishnah Keritot 6:9. Babylonian Talmud Keritot 28a. See also Genesis Rabbah 1:15.
  60. ^ Mishnah Keritot 6:9. Babylonian Talmud Keritot 28a.
  61. ^ Babylonian Talmud Kiddushin 30b–31a.
  62. ^ Babylonian Talmud Kiddushin 30b–31a.
  63. ^ Mishnah Shabbat 1:1–24:5. Tosefta Shabbat 1:1–17:29. Jerusalem Talmud Shabbat 1a–. Babylonian Talmud Shabbat 2a–157b.
  64. ^ Mishnah Peah 1:1–8:9. Tosefta Peah 1:1–4:21. Jerusalem Talmud Peah 1a–73b.
  65. ^ Mishnah Peah 1:1. Tosefta Peah 1:1. Jerusalem Talmud Peah 1a.
  66. ^ Mishnah Peah 1:2. Jerusalem Talmud Peah 10b.
  67. ^ Mishnah Peah 3:6.
  68. ^ Mishnah Peah 4:5.
  69. ^ Mishnah Nedarim 11:3.
  70. ^ Mishnah Nedarim 1:1–11:11. Tosefta Nedarim 1:1–7:8. Jerusalem Talmud Nedarim 1a–. Babylonian Talmud Nedarim 2a–91b. Mishnah Shevuot 1:1–8:6. Tosefta Shevuot 1:1–6:7. Jerusalem Talmud Shevuot 1a–. Babylonian Talmud Shevuot 2a–49b.
  71. ^ Mishnah Bava Metzia 9:11. Babylonian Talmud Bava Metzia 110b.
  72. ^ Mishnah Bava Metzia 9:12. Babylonian Talmud Bava Metzia 111a.
  73. ^ Mishnah Bava Metzia 9:12. Babylonian Talmud Bava Metzia 111a.
  74. ^ Mishnah Sanhedrin 8:7. Babylonian Talmud Sanhedrin 73a.
  75. ^ Babylonian Talmud Sanhedrin 73a.
  76. ^ Babylonian Talmud Arakhin 16b.
  77. ^ Ecclesiastes Rabbah 1:36.
  78. ^ Ecclesiastes 1:16.
  79. ^ Ecclesiastes 1:16.
  80. ^ 1 Kings 3:9.
  81. ^ 2 Kings 5:26.
  82. ^ 1 Samuel 17:32.
  83. ^ Ezekiel 22:14.
  84. ^ Psalm 16:9.
  85. ^ Lamentations 2:18.
  86. ^ Isaiah 40:2.
  87. ^ Deuteronomy 15:10.
  88. ^ Exodus 9:12.
  89. ^ Deuteronomy 20:3.
  90. ^ Genesis 6:6.
  91. ^ Deuteronomy 28:67.
  92. ^ Psalm 51:19.
  93. ^ Deuteronomy 8:14.
  94. ^ Jeremiah 5:23.
  95. ^ 1 Kings 12:33.
  96. ^ Deuteronomy 29:18.
  97. ^ Psalm 45:2.
  98. ^ Proverbs 19:21.
  99. ^ Psalm 21:3.
  100. ^ Proverbs 7:25.
  101. ^ Numbers 15:39.
  102. ^ Genesis 18:5.
  103. ^ Genesis 31:20.
  104. ^ Leviticus 26:41.
  105. ^ Genesis 34:3.
  106. ^ Isaiah 21:4.
  107. ^ 1 Samuel 4:13.
  108. ^ Song of Songs 5:2.
  109. ^ Deuteronomy 6:5.
  110. ^ Proverbs 23:17.
  111. ^ Jeremiah 17:10.
  112. ^ Joel 2:13.
  113. ^ Psalm 49:4.
  114. ^ Jeremiah 20:9.
  115. ^ Ezekiel 36:26.
  116. ^ 2 Kings 23:25.
  117. ^ Deuteronomy 19:6.
  118. ^ 1 Samuel 25:37.
  119. ^ Joshua 7:5.
  120. ^ Deuteronomy 6:6.
  121. ^ Jeremiah 32:40.
  122. ^ Psalm 111:1.
  123. ^ Proverbs 6:25.
  124. ^ Proverbs 28:14.
  125. ^ Judges 16:25.
  126. ^ Proverbs 12:20.
  127. ^ 1 Samuel 1:13.
  128. ^ Jeremiah 22:17.
  129. ^ Proverbs 3:3.
  130. ^ Proverbs 6:18.
  131. ^ Proverbs 10:8.
  132. ^ Obadiah 1:3.
  133. ^ Proverbs 16:1.
  134. ^ 2 Chronicles 25:19.
  135. ^ Babylonian Talmud Arakhin 16b.
  136. ^ Babylonian Talmud Arakhin 16b.
  137. ^ Babylonian Talmud Arakhin 16b.
  138. ^ Babylonian Talmud Arakhin 16b.
  139. ^ Babylonian Talmud Yevamot 65b.
  140. ^ Babylonian Talmud Shabbat 31a.
  141. ^ Babylonian Talmud Ketubot 37b, Sanhedrin 45a.
  142. ^ Babylonian Talmud Kiddushin 41a.
  143. ^ Babylonian Talmud Niddah 17a.
  144. ^ Mishnah Kilayim 1:1–9:10. Tosefta Kilayim 1:1–5:27. Jerusalem Talmud Kilayim 1a–84b.
  145. ^ Babylonian Talmud Yoma 67b.
  146. ^ Sifra Aharei Mot pereq 13, 194:2:11. Reprinted in, e.g., Sifra: An Analytical Translation. Translated by Jacob Neusner, volume 3, page 79. Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1988. ISBN 1-55540-207-0.
  147. ^ Numbers Rabbah 19:5.
  148. ^ Sifra Kedoshim pereq 9, 207:2:13. Reprinted in, e.g., Sifra: An Analytical Translation. Translated by Jacob Neusner, volume 3, page 137.
  149. ^ Mishnah Makkot 3:9. Babylonian Talmud Makkot 21b.
  150. ^ Mishnah Orlah 1:1–3:9. Tosefta Orlah 1:1–8. Jerusalem Talmud Orlah 1a–42a.
  151. ^ Genesis Rabbah 21:7.
  152. ^ Mishnah Kiddushin 1:7. Babylonian Talmud Kiddushin 29a.
  153. ^ Mishnah Sanhedrin 7:4. Babylonian Talmud Sanhedrin 54a.
  154. ^ Babylonian Talmud Ketubot 111b–12a.
  155. ^ Sefer HaHinnuch: The Book of [Mitzvah] Education. Translated by Charles Wengrov, 3:3–163. Jerusalem: Feldheim Pub., 1984. ISBN 0-87306-297-3.
  156. ^ Leviticus 19:3.
  157. ^ Leviticus 19:4.
  158. ^ Leviticus 19:4.
  159. ^ Leviticus 19:8.
  160. ^ Leviticus 19:9.
  161. ^ Leviticus 19:9.
  162. ^ Leviticus 19:9.
  163. ^ Leviticus 19:9.
  164. ^ Leviticus 19:10.
  165. ^ Leviticus 19:10.
  166. ^ Leviticus 19:10.
  167. ^ Leviticus 19:11.
  168. ^ Leviticus 19:11.
  169. ^ Leviticus 19:11.
  170. ^ Leviticus 19:12.
  171. ^ Leviticus 19:13.
  172. ^ Leviticus 19:13.
  173. ^ Leviticus 19:13.
  174. ^ Leviticus 19:14.
  175. ^ Leviticus 19:14.
  176. ^ Leviticus 19:15.
  177. ^ Leviticus 19:15.
  178. ^ Leviticus 19:15.
  179. ^ Leviticus 19:16.
  180. ^ Leviticus 19:16.
  181. ^ Leviticus 19:17.
  182. ^ Leviticus 19:17.
  183. ^ Leviticus 19:17.
  184. ^ Leviticus 19:18.
  185. ^ Leviticus 19:18.
  186. ^ Leviticus 19:19.
  187. ^ Leviticus 19:19.
  188. ^ Leviticus 19:23.
  189. ^ Leviticus 19:24.
  190. ^ Leviticus 19:26.
  191. ^ Leviticus 19:26.
  192. ^ Leviticus 19:26.
  193. ^ Leviticus 19:27.
  194. ^ Leviticus 19:27.
  195. ^ Leviticus 19:28.
  196. ^ Leviticus 19:30.
  197. ^ Leviticus 19:31.
  198. ^ Leviticus 19:31.
  199. ^ Leviticus 19:32.
  200. ^ Leviticus 19:35.
  201. ^ Leviticus 19:36.
  202. ^ Leviticus 20:9.
  203. ^ Leviticus 20:14.
  204. ^ Leviticus 20:23.
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