Shabbat is more than a day of refraining from worldly activity.

When experienced to its spiritual fullest, its holiness enlightens all other days of the week.

We invite you to enhance your Shabbat with these words of Torah.


Painting of the Kotel with lots of colors

Part 1 – A Holy Life: Parashat Acharei Mot/Kedoshim 5783

Part 1 – A Holy Life: Parashat Acharei Mot/Kedoshim 5783

May 2, 2023

Speak to the entire congregation of the children of Israel, and say to them,

You shall be holy, for I, the Lord, your God, am holy.

(Vayikra 19:2)


How can a human being attempt to strive for a level of holiness that is based on, or compared to, God’s holiness? We are material beings and live in a material world, in a world of material desires…


[We are required to emulate] God’s holiness not by disconnecting from this world, but to broadcast a message of holiness through every aspect of the life lived in this world.

Israel is enjoined not to withdraw from the life that the Living God empowers and bestows, but on the contrary, THIS life that emanates from God is to be cherished and enjoyed, and we give thanks for all the beauty of this world.


We are commanded to sanctify ourselves through life itself, in the very midst of this world, in the thick of it. And by doing so, we can draw down sanctity on ourselves from above.”