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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Sunday, May 28, 2017


In the opening verse of our parsha, G-d instructs Moshe, “Say to the Kohanim...” (Leviticus, 21:1), and puzzlingly, in that very same verse, G-d once again repeats the command, “Say to them...”

Since there is no redundancy in the Torah, we must try to decipher the meaning of this duplication. Moreover, we will discover throughout the parsha that that which Moshe imparts to the Kohanim is not only significant to them, but instructive to us as well. The Torah is teaching us that once the Kohanim receive their “special commands” (which only they can perform), G-d tells Moshe to repeat the other mitzvoth to them because through the performance of mitzvoth, the soul is elevated and attains a new, enhanced state. 

It therefore follows that

The first Aliyah of Acharei Mot which we read on Shabbat afternoon and Monday morning and which we will read again on Thursday morning and Shabbat and again on Yom Kippur describes what is perhaps the strangest and most dramatic element of the Avodah – the priestly service on Yom Kippur. It is the ritual of the two goats brought to the High Priest who randomly places lots on each where one will be offered as a sacrifice and the other sent away into the desert “to Azazel.” The rabbis explain

Sometimes we learn something and we think we understand it. We even teach what we learn and some of those we teach it to corroborate that they’ve learned the same thing from others. Years go by and then we read or hear a related thought and a light bulb goes on in our heads and we question how we assumed we understood all along. 

We read at the very beginning of this week’s portion that after a woman gives birth to a boy, we are commanded to circumcise the boy on the eighth day. The rabbis

Many people will tell you that while they may not be observant, they are spiritual. What exactly does that connote? Does it mean meditating? Vegetarianism? Jogging?

It is none of the above, for all the aforementioned are self-focused. In this week’s parsha, we discover the meaning of spirituality. Kedoshim t’heeyou lee - “You shall be holy unto Me, for I, the L-rd Your G-d am holy...” (Leviticus, 19:2) is the proclamation of G-d.

What is the path to holiness? The parsha details for us the

On the very day that the dedication of the Temple took place, Nadav and Avihu, the two noble sons of Aaron the High Priest, suddenly perished. The Torah describes the reaction of Aaron simply as “Vayidom Aaron” - meaning that Aaron remained silent. The term which is normally used for silence is Vayishtak, the Torah however, chooses the word Vayidom, which means an inanimate object, to teach us that although we are often able to control our emotions, our facial expressions betray our feelings