This week in Torah

Parashah 29 Acharei Mot

April 28, 2018 – Acharei Mot/Kedoshim (After the death/Holy ) – Parshat 29/30

  • Leviticus 16:1 – 20:27
  • Ezekiel 22:1-19
  • Matthew 15:10-20;

וַיְדַבֵּ֤ר יְהוָה֙ אֶל־מֹשֶׁ֔ה אַחֲרֵ֣י מ֔וֹת שְׁנֵ֖י בְּנֵ֣י אַהֲרֹ֑ן בְּקָרְבָתָ֥ם לִפְנֵי־יְהוָ֖ה וַיָּמֻֽתוּ׃

Vayedaber Adonay el-Moshe acharey mot shney beney Aharon bekorvatam lifney-Adonay vayamutu.

The LORD spoke to Moses after the death of the two sons of Aaron who died when they drew too close to the presence of the LORD.

In Acharei Mot, we read (chapter 16 of Vayikra) the account of the first Yom Kippur service. Much has been recorded for us concerning the details of this service and events predating the destruction of the Temple in the Talmud. Many amazing things that allude to the surety of the Promised Prophet in Messiah Yeshua. Also as we look at the name of this Parshat “After the death” it is impossible for us to look at Yom Kippur with out connecting it to the death of a “Kedoshim” Holy one. One who through His death as an innocent, and zealous one, (as with Nadab and Abihu) made all clean and even cleansing  our sin, and the sin of the whole nation of Israel.

“Wipe away our transgressions for your sake as you have said [Isaiah 43:25], I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake, and I will not remember your sins.” Wipe away our transgressions like a cloud and like a mist, as it is written in [Isaiah 44:22] “I have wiped out your transgressions like a thick cloud And your sins like a heavy mist. Return to Me, for I have redeemed you.” Make our sins white like snow and like pure white wool, as it is written [in Isaiah 1:18], “though your sins are as scarlet, they will be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they will be like wool.” Sprinkle pure water upon us and purify us, as it is written [in Ezekiel 36:25], Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols.” Atone for our sins on this day and cleanse us, as it is written [In Leviticus 16:30], “for it is on this day that atonement shall be made for you to cleanse you; you will be clean from all your sins before the LORD.””                                (Yom Kippur Selichot)

And how shall we be cleansed? “In the absence of an advocate in the heavenly court against the Adversary who reports transgression … May He – our LORD – yet remember on our behalf the love of the mighty one, and for the sake of the son who was bound may He nullify our Adversary, and in the merit of the perfect one may He bring fourth today judgement in righteousness.      (Yom Kippur Machzor)

Our synagogue prayers call for our judgment thru the merits of the patriarchs, and The Mighty One, The Son who was bound (like Yitzchak), The perfect one: The Mashiach our Yeshua.

Shalom Mish’pachah from Beth Hallel Lodi