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Vayikra/Leviticus  21:1 - 24:23

Chapter 21

1 Hashem said to Moses - Say to the Kohanim, the sons of Aaron, and tell them - Each of you shall not contaminate himself to a [dead] person among his people;  2 except for the relative who is closest to him, to his mother and to his father, to his son, to his daughter, and to his brother;  3 and to his virgin sister who is close to him, who has not been wed to a man; to her shall he contaminate himself.  4 A husband among his people shall not contaminate himself to one who desecrates him.

5 They shall not make a bald spot on their heads, and they shall not shave an edge of their beard; and in their flesh they shall not cut a gash.  6 They shall be holy to their God and they shall not desecrate the Name of their God; for the fire-offerings of Hashem, the food of their God, they offer, so they must remain holy.

7 They shall not marry a woman who is a harlot or has been desecrated, and they shall not marry a woman who has been divorced by her husband; for each one is holy to his God.

8 You shall sanctify him, for he offers the food of your God; he shall remain holy to you, for holy am I, Hashem, Who sanctifies you.  9 If the daughter of a Kohen desecrates herself through adultery, she desecrates her father — she shall be consumed by the fire.

10 The Kohen who is exalted above his brethren — upon whose head the anointment oil has been poured or who has been inaugurated to don the vestments — shall not leave his head unshorn and shall not rend his garments.  11 He shall not come near any dead person; he shall not contaminate himself to his father or his mother.  12 He shall not leave the Sanctuary and he shall not desecrate the Sanctuary of his God; for a crown — the oil of his God's anointment — is upon him; I am Hashem.  13 He shall marry a woman in her virginity.  14 A widow, a divorcee, a desecrated woman, a harlot — he shall not marry these; only a virgin of his people shall he take as a wife.  15 Thus shall he not desecrate his offspring among his people; for I am Hashem Who sanctifies him.

16 Hashem spoke to Moses, saying:  17 Speak to Aaron, saying - Any man of your offspring throughout their generations in whom there will be a blemish shall not come near to offer the food of his God.  18 For any man in whom there is a blemish shall not approach - a man who is blind or lame or whose nose has no bridge, or who has one limb longer than the other;  19 or in whom there will be a broken leg or a broken arm;  20 or who has abnormally long eyebrows, or a membrane on his eye, or a blemish in his eye, or a dry skin eruption, or a moist skin eruption, or has crushed testicles.  21 Any man from among the offspring of Aaron the Kohen who has a blemish shall not approach to offer the fire-offerings of Hashem; he has a blemish — the food of his God he shall not approach to offer.

22 The food of his God from the most holy and from the holy may he eat.  23 But he shall not come to the Curtain, and he shall not approach the Altar, for he has a blemish; and he shall not desecrate My sacred offerings, for I am Hashem, Who sanctifies them.  24 Moses spoke to Aaron and to his sons, and to all the Children of Israel.

Chapter 22

1 Hashem spoke to Moses, saying:  2 Speak to Aaron and his sons, that they shall withdraw from the holies of the Children of Israel — that which they sanctify to Me — so as not to desecrate My holy Name, I am Hashem.  3 Say to them - Throughout your generations, any man from among any of your offspring who shall come near the holies that the Children of Israel may sanctify to Hashem with his contamination upon him — that person shall be cut off from before Me, I am Hashem.  4 Any man from the offspring of Aaron who is a metzora or a zav shall not eat from the holies until he becomes purified; and one who touches anyone contaminated by a corpse, or a man from whom there is a seminal emission;  5 or a man who touches any swarming thing through which he can become contaminated, or a person through whom he can become contaminated, whatever his contamination.  6 The person who touches it shall be contaminated until evening; he shall not eat from the holies unless he has immersed his body in the water.  7 After the sun has set he shall become purified; thereafter he may eat from the holies, for it is his food.  8 He shall not eat from a carcass or from a torn animal, to be contaminated through it — I am Hashem.

9 They shall protect My charge and not bear a sin thereby and die because of it, for they will have desecrated it — I am Hashem, Who sanctifies them.  10 No layman shall eat of the holy; one who resides with a Kohen or his laborer shall not eat of the holy.  11 If a Kohen shall acquire a person, an acquisition of his money, he may eat of it; and someone born in his home — they may eat of his food.  12 If a Kohen's daughter shall be married to a layman, she may not eat of the separated holies.  13 And a Kohen's daughter who will become a widow or a divorcee, and not have offspring, she may return to her father's home, as in her youth, she may eat from her father's food; but no layman may eat of it.  14 If a man will eat of the holy inadvertently, he shall add its fifth to it and shall repay the holy to the Kohen.  15 They shall not desecrate the holies of the Children of Israel, which they set aside to Hashem;  16 and they will cause themselves to bear the sin of guilt when they eat their holies — for I am Hashem Who sanctifies them.

17 Hashem spoke to Moses, saying:  18 Speak to Aaron and to his sons and to all the Children of Israel and say to them - Any man of the House of Israel and of the proselytes among Israel who will bring his offering for any of their vows or their free-will offerings that they will bring to Hashem for an elevation-offering;  19 to be favorable for you - [it must be] unblemished, male, from the cattle, the flock, or the goats.  20 Any in which there is a blemish you shall not offer, for it will not be favorable for you.  21 And a man who will bring a feast peace-offering to Hashem because of an articulated vow or as a free-will offering from the cattle or the flock, it shall be unblemished to find favor, there shall not be any blemish in it.  22 One that is blind or broken or with a split eyelid or a wart or a dry skin eruption or a moist skin eruption — you shall not offer these to Hashem, and you shall not place any of them as a fire-offering on the Altar for Hashem.  23 A bull or sheep that has one limb longer than the other or unsplit hooves — you may make it a donation, but it is not acceptable for a vow-offering.  24 One whose testicles are squeezed, crushed, torn, or cut, you shall not offer to Hashem, nor shall you do these in your Land.  25 From the hand of a stranger you may not offer the food of your God from any of these, for their corruption is in them, a blemish is in them, they will not find favor for you.

26 Hashem spoke to Moses, saying:  27 When an ox or a sheep or a goat is born, it shall remain under its mother for seven days; and from the eighth day on, it is acceptable for a fire-offering to Hashem.  28 But an ox or a sheep or goat, you may not slaughter it and its offspring on the same day.  29 When you slaughter a feast thanksgiving-offering to Hashem, you shall slaughter it to gain favor for yourselves.  30 It must be eaten on that same day, you shall not leave any of it until morning; I am Hashem.  31 You shall observe My commandments and perform them; I am Hashem.  32 You shall not desecrate My holy Name, rather I should be sanctified among the Children of Israel; I am Hashem Who sanctifies you.  33 Who took you out of the land of Egypt to be a God unto you; I am Hashem.

Chapter 23

1 Hashem spoke to Moses, saying:  2 Speak to the Children of Israel and say to them - Hashem's appointed festivals that you are to designate as holy convocations — these are My appointed festivals.  3 For six days labor may be done, and the seventh day is a day of complete rest, a holy convocation, you shall not do any work; it is a Sabbath for Hashem in all your dwelling places.

4 These are the appointed festivals of Hashem, the holy convocations, which you shall designate in their appropriate time.  5 In the first month on the fourteenth of the month in the afternoon is the time of the pesach-offering to Hashem.  6 And on the fifteenth day of this month is the Festival of Matzos to Hashem; you shall eat matzos for a seven-day period.  7 On the first day there shall be a holy convocation for you; you shall do no laborious work.  8 You shall bring a fire-offering to Hashem for a seven-day period; on the seventh day shall be a holy convocation; you shall do no laborious work.

9 Hashem spoke to Moses, saying:  9 Speak to the Children of Israel and say to them - When you shall enter the Land that I give you and you reap its harvest, you shall bring an Omer from your first harvest to the Kohen.  11 He shall wave the Omer before Hashem to gain favor for you; on the morrow of the rest day the Kohen shall wave it.  12 On the day you wave the Omer, you shall perform the service of an unblemished lamb in its first year as an elevation-offering to Hashem.  13 Its meal-offering shall be two tenth-ephah of fine flour mixed with oil, a fire-offering to Hashem, a satisfying aroma; and its libation shall be wine, a quarter-hin.  14 You shall not eat bread or roasted kernels or plump kernels until this very day, until you bring the offering of your God; it is an eternal decree for your generations in all your dwelling places.

15 You shall count for yourselves — from the morrow of the rest day, from the day when you bring the Omer of the waving — seven weeks, they shall be complete.  16 Until the morrow of the seventh week you shall count, fifty days; and you shall offer a new meal-offering to Hashem.  17 From your dwelling places you shall bring bread that shall be waved, two loaves made of two tenth-ephah, they shall be fine flour, they shall be baked leavened; first-offerings to Hashem.  18 With the bread you shall offer seven unblemished lambs in their first year, one young bull, and two rams; they shall be an elevation-offering to Hashem, with their meal-offering and their libations — a fire-offering, a satisfying aroma to Hashem.  19 You shall make one he-goat as a sin-offering, and two lambs in their first year as feast peace-offerings.  20 The Kohen shall wave them upon the first-offering breads as a wave-service before Hashem — upon the two sheep — they shall be holy, for Hashem and for the Kohen.  21 You shall convoke on this very day — there shall a holy convocation for yourselves — you shall do no laborious work; it is an eternal decree in your dwelling places for your generations.

22 When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not remove completely the corners of your field as you reap and you shall not gather the gleanings of your harvest; for the poor and the proselyte shall you leave them; I am Hashem, your God.

23 Hashem spoke to Moses, saying:  24 Speak to the Children of Israel, saying - In the seventh month, on the first of the month, there shall be a rest day for you, a remembrance with shofar blasts, a holy convocation.  25 You shall not do any laborious work, and you shall offer a fire-offering to Hashem.

26 Hashem spoke to Moses, saying:  27 But on the tenth day of this month it is the Day of Atonement; there shall be a holy convocation for you, and you shall afflict yourselves; you shall offer a fire-offering to Hashem.  28 You shall not do any work on this very day, for it is the Day of Atonement to provide you atonement before Hashem, your God.  29 For any soul who will not be afflicted on this very day will be cut off from its people.  30 And any soul who will do any work on this very day, I will destroy that soul from among its people.  31 You shall not do any work; it is an eternal decree throughout your generations in all your dwelling places.  32 It is a day of complete rest for you and you shall afflict yourselves; on the ninth of the month in the evening — from evening to evening — shall you rest on your rest day.

33 Hashem spoke to Moses, saying:  34 Speak to the Children of Israel, saying - On the fifteenth day of this seventh month is the Festival of Succos, a seven-day period for Hashem.  35 On the first day is a holy convocation, you shall not do any laborious work.  36 For a seven-day period you shall offer a fire-offering to Hashem; on the eighth day there shall be a holy convocation for you and you shall offer a fire-offering to Hashem, it is an assembly, you shall not do any laborious work.

37 These are the appointed festivals of Hashem that you shall proclaim as holy convocations, to offer a fire-offering to Hashem - an elevation-offering and its meal-offering, a feast-offering and its libation, each day's requirement on its day.  38 Aside from Hashem's Sabbaths, and aside from your gifts, aside from all your vows, and aside from all your free-will offerings, which you will present to Hashem.

39 But on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you gather in the crop of the Land, you shall celebrate Hashem's festival for a seven-day period; the first day is a rest day and the eighth day is a rest day.  40 You shall take for yourselves on the first day the fruit of a citron tree, the branches of date palms, twigs of a plaited tree, and brook willows; and you shall rejoice before Hashem, your God, for a seven-day period.  41 You shall celebrate it as a festival for Hashem, a seven-day period in the year, an eternal decree for your generations; in the seventh month shall you celebrate it.  42 You shall dwell in booths for a seven-day period; every native in Israel shall dwell in booths.  43 So that your generations will know that I caused the Children of Israel to dwell in booths when I took them from the land of Egypt; I am Hashem, your God.

44 And Moses declared the appointed festivals of Hashem to the Children of Israel.

Chapter 24

1 Hashem spoke to Moses, saying:  2 Command the Children of Israel that they take to you clear olive oil, pressed for lighting, to kindle a continual lamp.  3 Outside the Curtain of the Testimony, in the Tent of Meeting, Aaron shall arrange it, from evening to morning, before Hashem, continually; an eternal decree for your generations.  4 On the pure Menorah shall he arrange the lamps, before Hashem, continually.

5 You shall take fine flour and bake it into twelve loaves; each loaf shall be two tenth-ephah.  6 You shall place them in two stacks, six in each stack, upon the pure Table, before Hashem.  7 You shall put pure frankincense on each stack and it shall be a remembrance for the bread, a fire-offering for Hashem.  8 Each and every Sabbath he shall arrange them before Hashem continually, from the Children of Israel as an eternal covenant.  9 It shall belong to Aaron and his sons, and they shall eat it in a holy place; for it is most holy for him, from the fire-offerings of Hashem, an eternal decree.

10 The son of an Israelite woman went out — and he was the son of an Egyptian man — among the Children of Israel; they fought in the camp, the son of the Israelite woman and an Israelite man.  11 The son of the Israelite woman pronounced the Name and blasphemed — so they brought him to Moses; the name of his mother was Shelomis daughter of Divri, of the tribe of Dan.  12 They placed him under guard to clarify for themselves through Hashem.

13 Hashem spoke to Moses, saying:  14 Remove the blasphemer to the outside of the camp, and all those who heard shall lean their hands upon his head - The entire assembly shall stone him.  15 And to the Children of Israel you shall speak, saying - Any man who will blaspheme his God shall bear his sin;  16 and one who pronounces blasphemously the Name of Hashem shall be put to death, the entire assembly shall surely stone him; proselyte and native alike, when he blasphemes the Name, he shall be put to death.

17 And a man — if he strikes mortally any human life, he shall be put to death.  18 And a man who strikes mortally an animal life shall make restitution, a life for a life.  19 And if a man inflicts a wound in his fellow, as he did, so shall be done to him;  20 a break for a break, an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth; just as he will have inflicted a wound on a person, so shall be inflicted upon him.  21 One who strikes an animal shall make restitution, and one who strikes a person shall be put to death.  22 There shall be one law for you, it shall be for proselyte and native alike, for I, Hashem, am your God.

23 Moses spoke to the Children of Israel, and they took the blasphemer to the outside of the camp, and they stoned him to death; and the Children of Israel did as Hashem had commanded Moses.

 


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