This is a commentary on the Torah portion Emor – “say.” This torah portion turns its attention back to the priests and their responsibility to maintain higher standards of purity.
Though addressing the priests, we who have been called out of darkness into His marvelous light to be a royal priesthood should take note of the fact that, the Creator expects more from His people than He does those who are not. We are not permitted to excuse ourselves from our responsibility to be a light to the nations just because we wish to be like everybody else. To the contrary, our purpose is to sanctify His Name among the nations even if it means our life.
We also see how on a couple of occasions, there seems to be exceptions made to the rigid standards God imposed upon the priests. In these seeming “exceptions” we see that God’s standard is not relaxed but His primary attribute – mercy for those He loves – supersedes all. I hope you enjoy!
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