Summary of The Weekly Torah Reading:
Note: The Shabbos Torah Reading is divided into 7 sections. Each section
is called an Aliya [literally: Go up] since for each Aliya, one person
"goes up" to make a bracha [blessing] on the Torah Reading.
1st Aliya: The beginning of Kedoshim states that, holiness is realized through keeping Shabbos, being in awe of one's father and mother, and the
prohibition against idol worship. Laws of charity, honesty, and the paying
of wages on time are also stated.
2nd and 3rd Aliyot: Showing deference in the administration of justice is
forbidden. We have the responsibility to "properly reprimand" each other.
The prohibition against wearing any mixture of wool and linen, cutting
sideburns (Payot), tattooing, premarital sex, and the use of mediums or the
occult are stated.
4th and 5th Aliyot: Proper and equal treatment for the Ger-convert, honesty in
business, and the prohibition against worshipping the Molech are stated.
5th, 6th, and 7th Aliyot:remainder of Kedoshim states the specific punishments
that Bait Din would administer for the fifteen prohibited sexual
relationships listed at the end of Acharei Mos.
The very end of Kedoshim (20: 22-26) clearly explains the concept of
holiness as the means for being separate from the other nations. Three basic
formats of Kedusha-holiness exist: time, place, and person. Acharei Mos
began by presenting the ultimate integration of the three in the person of
the Kohain Gadol entering the Holy of Holies on Yom Kippur. The end of
Kedoshim states that Eretz Yisroel (place), the Bnai Yisroel (person), and
time in general are intended to reflect the integration of G-dliness into the
daily lives of individuals and nations. To the extent that we realize our
mission as the "Kingdom of Priests and a Holy Nation" will be the degree to
which we retain the right to dwell in the Land of Israel.
Parsha Summary by Rabbi Aron Tendler