Acharei Mot 2018-19

This cycle’s parshah Acharei Mot teaching begins with a summary of the ground we have covered in Leviticus – God’s handbook for holiness. Turning to the Torah portion itself, we zoom in on the two goats of the Yom Kippur service, this year placing special emphasis on the goat that remains at the Temple. In chapter 17, we briefly apply kosher slaughter to modern slaughtering practices before moving on to the forbidden sexual relationships and subsequent laws in chapter 18, finding an alarming sequence in the laws which we see around us today in our own culture.

Visuals: Acharei Mot 2018-19.pdf

Medios Visuales: Ajaré Mot 2018-19.pdf


  1. by Nela Roos

    On May 7, 2019

    Thank you for your teachings. I have learned so much from it. I am still learning, and don’t want to offend…..
    But I have a question. The word “Mercy seat” is not biblical, l understand that. Then the Azazel that was pushed over the cliffs cannot be biblical either, correct?

  2. by L. Grant Luton

    On May 7, 2019

    Dear Nela,
    Please never worry about causing offense simply by asking a question; and yours is a very good one. However, I don’t thing “unbiblical” is the best adjective to use for either one o these items. Instead of saying that the term “mercy seat” is unbiblical, I would say that is more a case of inaccurate translation. As to the goat to Azazel, the Torah them to “send” it into the wilderness. No question they took the word “send” to its extreme and sent the goat right over a cliff! Though this particular detail may be deemed “unbiblical”, nevertheless we know that this is how it was done because we have historical testimony of the practice.
    Thanks, again, for your question!

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