AN ANCIENT mikve excavated at Qumran.
(photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)
This week’s Torah portion, Emor, deals with a variety of subjects: the laws of impurity and purity and other halachot (Jewish laws) pertaining to priests and sacrifices in the Temple; Jewish holidays and their halachot; halachot of the order of service in the Temple; a short story about a fight that led to reviling God’s name; and finally, there is a short list of “legal” halachot between people – the laws pertaining to a murderer and those relating to someone who kills someone else’s animal, laws about someone who injures his friend and about someone who injures his friend’s animal. At the end of this short list of halachot, there is a verse that reflects one of the principles of Jewish justice:
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