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אמר - "Speak"

Weekly parashah #31: Emor

  • Torah: Vayikra (Leviticus) 21:1-24:23
  • Haftarah: Ezekiel (Yechezk'el) 44:15-31
  • Greek Scriptures: Luke 18-20
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Leviticus 21:1-2

Then the LORD said to Moses, "Speak to the priests, the sons of Aaron, and say to them: 'No one shall defile himself for a dead person among his people,

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The Hebrew Word

Emor (Strong's #559) a primitive root which means "to say". It is used 5195 times in 4278 verses in the Tanakh.

First use in Scripture

The first time emor is used in Scripture is in Genesis 1:3.

Genesis 1:3

Then G-d said, "Let there be light"; and there was light.


Last use in Scripture

The last time emor is used in Scripture is in Malachi 4:3.

Malachi 4:3

"You will tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day which I am preparing," says the LORD of hosts.


Parashah Outline

  • Regulations Concerning Priests - Leviticus 21:1
  • Sundry Rules for Priests - Leviticus 22:1
  • Flawless Animals for Sacrifice - Leviticus 22:17
  • The Appointed Times- Leviticus 23
  • The Day of Atonement - Leviticus 23:26
  • The Lamp and the Bread of the Sanctuary - Leviticus 24:1
  • An Eye for an Eye (Equal Measure) - Leviticus 24:17


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Other Observations

The moedim [appointed times] given by G-d are found in this week's parashah in Leviticus 23. Learn more about these appointed times.


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Yom Rivi'i, 16 Kislev, 5784

Tuesday, November 28, 2023


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