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Vayikra/Leviticus  16:1 - 18:30

Chapter 16

1 Hashem spoke to Moses after the death of Aaron's two sons, when they approached before Hashem, and they died.  2 And Hashem said to Moses - Speak to Aaron, your brother — he shall not come at all times into the Sanctuary, within the Curtain, in front of the Cover that is upon the Ark, so that he should not die; for in a cloud will I appear upon the Ark-cover.  3 With this shall Aaron come into the Sanctuary - with a young bull for a sin-offering and a ram for an elevation-offering.  4 He shall don a sacred linen Tunic; linen breeches shall be upon his flesh, he shall gird himself with a linen Sash, and cover his head with a linen Turban; they are sacred vestments — he shall immerse himself in water and then don them.  5 From the assembly of the Children of Israel he shall take two he-goats for a sin-offering and one ram for an elevation-offering.  6 Aaron shall bring near his own sin-offering bull, and provide atonement for himself and for his household.

7 He shall take the two he-goats and stand them before Hashem, at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting.  8 Aaron shall place lots upon the two he-goats - one lot "for Hashem" and one lot "for Azazel."  9 Aaron shall bring near the he-goat designated by lot for Hashem, and make it a sin-offering.  10 And the he-goat designated by lot for Azazel shall be stood alive before Hashem, to provide atonement through it, to send it to Azazel to the Wilderness.  11 Aaron shall bring near his own sin-offering bull and he shall provide atonement for himself and for his household; then he shall slaughter his own sin-offering bull.

12 He shall take a shovelful of fiery coals from atop the Altar that is before Hashem, and his cupped handsful of finely ground incense-spices, and bring it within the Curtain.  13 He shall place the incense upon the fire before Hashem — so that the cloud of the incense shall blanket the Ark-cover that is atop the [Tablets of the] Testimony — so that he shall not die.

14 He shall take some of the blood of the bull and sprinkle with his forefinger upon the eastern front of the Ark-cover; and in front of the Ark-cover he shall sprinkle seven times from the blood with his forefinger.  15 He shall slaughter the sin-offering he-goat of the people, and bring its blood within the Curtain; he shall do with its blood as he had done with the blood of the bull, and sprinkle it upon the Ark-cover and in front of the Ark-cover.  16 Thus shall he provide atonement upon the Sanctuary for the contaminations of the Children of Israel, even for their rebellious sins among all their sins; and so shall he do for the Tent of Meeting that dwells with them amid their contamination.  17 Any person shall not be in the Tent of Meeting when he comes to provide atonement in the Sanctuary until his departure; he shall provide atonement for himself, for his household, and for the entire congregation of Israel.

18 He shall go out to the Altar that is before Hashem, and make atonement upon it: He shall take some blood of the bull and some blood of the he-goat and place it on the horns of the Altar all around.  19 He shall sprinkle upon it from the blood with his forefinger seven times; thus shall he cleanse it and sanctify it from the contaminations of the Children of Israel.

20 When he is finished atoning for the Sanctuary, the Tent of Meeting, and the Altar, he shall bring the living he-goat near.  21 Aaron shall lean his two hands upon the head of the living he-goat and confess upon it all the iniquities of the Children of Israel, and all their rebellious sins among all their sins, and place them upon the head of the he-goat, and send it with a designated man to the desert.  22 The he-goat will bear upon itself all their iniquities to an uninhabited land, and he should send the he-goat to the desert.

23 Aaron shall come to the Tent of Meeting — he shall remove the linen vestments that he had worn when he entered the Sanctuary, and he shall leave them there.  24 He shall immerse himself in the water in a sacred place and don his vestments; he shall go out and perform his own elevation-offering and the elevation-offering of the people, and shall provide atonement for himself and for the people.

25 And the fat of the sin-offering he shall cause to go up in smoke upon the Altar.  26 The one who dispatched the he-goat to Azazel shall immerse his clothing and immerse himself in the water; thereafter he may enter the camp.  27 The sin-offering bull and the sin-offering he-goat, whose blood had been brought to provide atonement in the Sanctuary, someone shall remove to the outside of the camp; and they shall burn in fire their hides, their flesh, and their dung.  28 The one who burns them shall immerse his clothing and immerse himself in the water; thereafter he may enter the camp.

29 This shall remain for you an eternal decree: In the seventh month, on the tenth of the month, you shall afflict yourselves and you shall not do any work, neither the native nor the proselyte who dwells among you.  30 For on this day he shall provide atonement for you to cleanse you; from all your sins before Hashem shall you be cleansed.

  31 It is a Sabbath of complete rest for you, and you shall afflict yourselves; an eternal decree.  32 The Kohen, who has been anointed or who has been given the authority to serve in place of his father, shall provide atonement; he shall don the linen vestments, the sacred vestments.  33 He shall bring atonement upon the Holy of Holies, and he shall bring atonement upon the Tent of Meeting and the Altar; and upon the Kohanim and upon all the people of the congregation shall he bring atonement.  34 This shall be to you an eternal decree to bring atonement upon the Children of Israel for all their sins once a year; and [Aaron] did as Hashem commanded Moses.

Chapter 17

1 Hashem spoke to Moses, saying:  2 Speak to Aaron and to his sons and to all the Children of Israel, and say to them: This is the matter that Hashem has commanded, saying:  3 Any man from the House of Israel who will slaughter a bull, a sheep, or a goat in the camp, or who will slaughter it outside the camp.  4 and he has not brought it to the entrance of the Tent of Meeting to bring it as an offering to Hashem before the Tabernacle of Hashem — it shall be considered as bloodshed for that man, he has shed blood, and that man shall be cut off from his people.  5 So that the Children of Israel will bring their feast-offerings that they have been slaughtering on the open field, and they shall bring them to Hashem to the entrance of the Tent of Meeting to the Kohen; and they shall slaughter them as feast peace-offerings to Hashem.  6 The Kohen shall throw the blood upon the Altar of Hashem, at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting; and he shall cause the fats to go up in smoke for a satisfying aroma to Hashem.  7 They shall no longer slaughter their offerings to the demons after whom they stray; this shall be an eternal decree to them for their generations.

8 And to them you shall say: Any man of the House of Israel and of the proselyte who shall dwell among you who will offer up an elevation-offering or a feast-offering.  9 and he will not bring it to the entrance of the Tent of Meeting to perform its service to Hashem — that man shall be cut off from his people.

10 Any man of the House of Israel and of the proselyte who dwells among them who will consume any blood — I shall concentrate My attention upon the soul consuming the blood, and I will cut it off from its people.  11 For the soul of the flesh is in the blood and I have assigned it for you upon the Altar to provide atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that atones for the soul.  12 Therefore I have said to the Children of Israel: "Any person among you may not consume blood; and the proselyte who dwells among you may not consume blood.".

13 Any man of the Children of Israel and of the proselyte who dwells among them who will trap a beast or bird that may be eaten, he shall pour out its blood and cover it with earth.  14 For the life of any creature — its blood represents its life, so I say to the Children of Israel, "You shall not consume the blood of any creature; for the life of any creature is its blood, whoever consumes it will be cut off."

15 Any person who will eat a [bird] that died or was torn — the native or the proselyte — he shall immerse his garments and immerse himself in the water; he shall remain contaminated until evening and then become pure.  16 But if he does not immerse [his garments] and does not immerse his flesh, he shall bear his iniquity:

Chapter 18

1 Hashem spoke to Moses, saying:  2 Speak to the Children of Israel and say to them: I am Hashem, your God.  3 Do not perform the practice of the land of Egypt in which you dwelled; and do not perform the practice of the land of Canaan to which I bring you, and do not follow their traditions.  4 Carry out My laws and safeguard My decrees to follow them; I am Hashem, your God.  5 You shall observe My decrees and My laws, which man shall carry out and by which he shall live — I am Hashem.

6 Any man shall not approach his close relative to uncover nakedness; I am Hashem.

7 The nakedness of your father and the nakedness of your mother you shall not uncover; she is your mother, you shall not uncover her nakedness.

8 The nakedness of your father's wife you shall not uncover; it is your father's shame.

9 The nakedness of your sister — whether your father's daughter or your mother's daughter, whether born to one who may remain in the home or born to one who must remain outside of it — you shall not uncover their nakedness.

10 The nakedness of your son's daughter or your daughter's daughter — you shall not uncover their nakedness; for they are your own shame.

11 The nakedness of your father's wife's daughter who was born to your father — she is your sister; you shall not uncover her nakedness.

12 The nakedness of your father's sister you shall not uncover; she is your father's flesh.

13 The nakedness of your mother's sister you shall not uncover; for she is your mother's flesh.

14 The nakedness of your father's brother you shall not uncover; do not approach his wife, she is your aunt.

15 The nakedness of your daughter-in-law you should not uncover; she is your son's wife, you shall not uncover her nakedness.

16 The nakedness of your brother's wife you shall not uncover; it is your brother's shame.

17 The nakedness of a woman and her daughter you shall not uncover; you shall not take her son's daughter or her daughter's daughter to uncover her nakedness — they are close relatives, it is a depraved plot.  18 You shall not take a woman in addition to her sister, to make them rivals, to uncover the nakedness of one upon the other in her lifetime.

19 You shall not approach a woman in her time of unclean separation, to uncover her nakedness.  20 You shall not lie carnally with your neighbor's wife, to contaminate yourself with her.

21 You shall not present any of your children to pass through for Molech, and do not profane the Name of your God — I am Hashem.

22 You shall not lie with a man as one lies with a woman, it is an abomination.  23 Do not lie with any animal to be contaminated with it; a woman shall not stand before an animal for mating, it is a perversion.

24 Do not become contaminated through any of these; for through all of these the nations that I expel before you became contaminated.  25 The Land became contaminated and I recalled its iniquity upon it; and the Land disgorged its inhabitants.  26 But you shall safeguard My decrees and My judgments, and not commit any of these abominations — the native or the proselyte who lives among you.  27 For the inhabitants of the Land who are before you committed all these abominations, and the Land became contaminated.  28 Let not the Land disgorge you for having contaminated it, as it disgorged the nation that was before you.  29 For if anyone commits any of these abominations, the people doing so will be cut off from among their people.

30 You shall safeguard My charge not to do any of the abominable traditions that were done before you and not contaminate yourselves through them; I am Hashem, your God.

~ When the Parashas is combined (Acharei Mot-Kedoshim) continue reading here ~
 


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