Torah Pearls #31 – Emor (Leviticus 21:1-24:23)

Torah Pearls Emor, Nehemia Gordon, Torah portion, Leviticus, Priests, offerings, appointed times, Yehovah, Lunar Sabbath, chagThis episode of The Original Torah Pearls is on the Torah portion Emor (Leviticus 21:1-24:23). We discuss the standards and conduct of the Priests and acceptable offerings, as well as the appointed times of Yehovah and the issue of the Lunar Sabbath. Lastly, we address the stoning of the blasphemer!

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16 thoughts on “Torah Pearls #31 – Emor (Leviticus 21:1-24:23)

  1. Thanks for another pocket o’ pearls. Worth revisiting. Regarding Ezekiel ch. 44, I recall Nehemia once said that, for the preservation of life, the commands in Torah can sometimes be suspended; ergo, I’m wondering if at the time of Ezekiel’s writing, there may have been a particular strand of Y DNA that the Creator wanted to continue, and had it not been for this particular addendum, would have ceased to exist. I also recall a discussion in regards to letting the fields go fallow in the seventh year “in the land that I have given you”, and is considered a moot point for farmers not in The Promised Land (Israel). So, why wouldn’t that same standard be applied to the castration of young livestock? Just wondering.

  2. The best animal offerings, and priest without blemish; Yehovah wants us to know He will return the life forms He created back to their original condition as in Gan Eden.

  3. Seems as though Holy is a legal term, only defined by Yehovah. He is the one who calls for a separation of a person, thing or time as separated, or sanctified, or made close to Him. And the rituals are also legal as defined by Yehovah. There is ONE and only One who makes, determines, decrees what is Holy to Yehovah. Jerusalem is NOT Holy to Christians (Catholics) or Muslims or Jews; but HOly to Yehovah. Many use the term Holy – too casually.

  4. I prefer the practice of the Jewish for burial and time of mourning and the annual rememberance. Sitting sheva is much better than facing all the people who say stupid things at the funeral, allows bereaved to go through mourning process in more natural way. Christian funerals are ablaze with activies, words that do not comfort the mourner or allow for normal feelings. And I may say, yes is possible for the Pastor to take opportune moment to “sell the Jesus” message. Is in appropriate. They do many strange things; like all go eat at the mourners home. It is very tiresome task for the bereaved to entertain guests.

  5. When the children of Israel left Egypt , Moses ensured that the Bones of Joseph were brought up out of Egypt , which by this Torah portion that the many of the children of Israel who carried the Bones of Joseph would be unclean ???

  6. I was just listening to the final portion in the moon and Sabbath cycle. If we were to follow the moon cycle we might not get 6 days of work followed by one day of rest. If the month ends on a Tuesday and begins on a Wednesday then you would not be resting on that Friday at sunset because you would start counting on Wednesday as day one and have to wait until Tuesday of the next week to get the seventh day of rest….this does not align with 6 days work and 7th day rest.

  7. Sitting here in my NH home in my favorite study seat blown away with the provision in Ezekiel 44:22…..so when Israel was given her certificate of divorce she could not marry the priest again but only The High Priest..Yeshua when He died and rose….He could remarry Israel because that was written in Torah for the High Priest only. The High Priest dies and a High Priest can marry her…wow!

  8. It is so enriching to hear the various thoughts on this.
    I find YHVH says,

    Truly we all have much to seek out for clarity in The Spirit of understanding.

    For 6 years in study and cultural history, I have been seeking out how the actual intent of YHVH has made things for us in our time to find answers, creation has a pattern which explains the finding of Shabbat.
    Nehemiah just said it here. Creation lays out the way, path, plan. ‘CONFIRMS THE MESSAGE I’M HEARING IN TIME WITH ABBA YHVH.’

    I’m ready to expound with others and here’s my take thus far:
    Day 1 darkness
    Day 2
    Day 3
    Day 4 set in heavens sun and moon [sliver seen]
    Day 5
    Day 6
    Shabbat
    A cycle which does not comply with our present system. 30 days in orbit with successive Friday to Saturday Sabbaths…
    The names of days are fashioned after many men in history, YHVH says He will not give His glory to another.

    Isa 48:11 For mine own sake, even for mine own sake, will I do it: for how should my name be polluted? and I will not give my glory unto another. Isa 48:12 Hearken unto me, O Jacob and Israel, my called; I am he; I am the first, I also am the last. Isa 48:13 Mine hand also hath laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand hath spanned the heavens: when I call unto them, they stand up together.

    Here’s my thought and findings.
    1 – the 4th day YHVH states the lesser light [sliver of moon seen] for the evening, the greater light [sun for daylight]
    three days later is the Shabbat [rest]

    The moon [mo`ed, can be moon, also YHVH’s appointed times to be with Him and fellowship] too many verses to list here, do you homewoirk though, it’s powerful.

    Hebrew meaning of ‘signs’ is for us to realize we look for them,
    H226

    אוֹת
    ‘ôth
    oth
    Probably from H225 (in the sense of appearing); a signal (literally or figuratively), as a flag, beacon, monument, omen, prodigy, evidence, etc.: – mark, miracle, (en-) sign, token.

    seasons in English is ‘mo`ed’
    H4150

    מוֹעָדָה מֹעֵד מוֹעֵד
    mô‛êd mô‛êd mô‛âdâh
    mo-ade’, mo-ade’, mo-aw-daw’
    From H3259; properly an appointment, that is, a fixed time or season; specifically a festival; conventionally a year; by implication, an assembly (as convened for a definite purpose); technically the congregation; by extension, the place of meeting; also a signal (as appointed beforehand): – appointed (sign, time), (place of, solemn) assembly, congregation, (set, solemn) feast, (appointed, due) season, solemn (-ity), synagogue, (set) time (appointed).
    Total KJV occurrences: 223

    Gen 1:14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
    Gen 1:15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.
    Gen 1:16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.
    Gen 1:17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,
    Gen 1:18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.

    YHVH in His awesome predestination knew our minds were going to go after things not approved by Him… our sight is specifically in my thought here, so when I heed His word and meditate on them it comes as we need to be straitened out by Our Master, YHVH! Amen!

    Many human minds have made calculations to how the calendar should be to correct it to line up as they thought should be done, what needed not to be correct [Isa 55:6 Seek ye the LORD while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near;
    Isa 55:7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the man of iniquity his thoughts; and let him return unto the LORD, and He will have compassion upon him, and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.
    Isa 55:8 For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the LORD.
    Isa 55:9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.
    Isa 55:10 For as the rain cometh down and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, except it water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, and give seed to the sower and bread to the eater;
    Isa 55:11 So shall My word be that goeth forth out of My mouth: it shall not return unto Me void, except it accomplish that which I please, and make the thing whereto I sent it prosper.

    Without more on this I wait for some expounding thoughts, as YHVH permits!!

    Blessings to all who call upon His NAME [personality, character]
    Shabbat shalom!

  9. I would like to be directed to Hebrew sources that explain why we should read this section as indicating that there should be no intentional castrating of animals, period. I just can’t tease that out of the text here.

    What I see are a set of instructions about what animals are or are not acceptable to be brought as offerings or sacrifices. Every subset of instructions is bracketed by (paraphrasing here) “this is about sacrifices” and “that was about sacrifices”.

    Clearly, Yehovah places great importance on reproductive wholeness. I do agree with that. Priests cannot approach the altar or even enter the holy chambers if they are “damaged in the stones”. Regarding the rest of the people (Deut 23), such a man may not even be a part of the “assembly/congregation” (many different explanations of that one, but there is clearly a limit being instructed). However, I believe we have to always read and understand the scripture in the context in which it is given. For instance, if the Deut. 23 passage (where the explicit context is about men in general) did not exist, then the context of Lev. 21 would govern and that prohibition would apply only to the Aaronic priests.

    So… it is worth noting that of the 33 verses in Lev. 22, all but 7 explicitly declare the context as that of offerings/sacrifices. Of those 7, 5 are establishing the speaker (v17, v26) or his bona fides (v31, v32, v33). Verse 30 implicitly sets the context of the sacrifice (e.g. eat your entire thanksgiving offering, don’t leave any of it uneaten). That leaves only v28, about killing a mother cow/ewe and her baby on the same day, in any question at all. Even that verse, I believe, is likely to be in relation to sacrificing, given that it is bracketed by dozens of verses explicitly related to sacrificing. But I do admit that I don’t really understand v28. If the reason is for consideration for the familial feelings of the pair of animals, then it seems to me that it would be better for them to both leave the world on the same day and limit the duration of their grief. And if this verse is universal in scope, rather than w.r.t. sacrifices, then avoiding butchering a pair of older brood cows that happen to be mother and daughter would require some pretty meticulously kept and archived breeding records and tagging/marking of the animals. Of course, it could be that Yehovah means exactly that – never kill the pair for any reason at any time – but that seems to me to require more of a “stretchy” understanding than the clear limitation of the context.

  10. I understand the appointment of the 7th day Sabbath. But what I don’t understand is the appointment of the Feasts. The instructions are for ALL males to travel to Jerusalem. YHVH is very specific about not trying to have this appointment anywhere you want or anytime you want but only where He put His Name and except for Pesach, only at the time He declares. He is specific about the sacrifices. And the sacrifices are presided over by a Levite, not a butcher in the corner market. He is specific about offerings and vows and the commands forbidding us to do this anywhere other than the Temple in Jerusalem. We see that one of the first things they did when released from Babylon, was to consecrate themselves and again, celebrate the Feasts according to YHVH’s instructions. This tells me that the Feasts were not celebrated in Babylon.
    Now, why are people teaching these days, that we can keep these Feasts but disregard all of the instructions that tell us how to keep the Feasts and where to keep the Feasts?
    Jer 17:4 and Hos 2:11 say that while we are in captivity, “vomited from the land”, our inheritance in the form of these Feasts, New Moons, Sabbaths (pertaining to feasts) are “discontinued” or “ceased”.
    Can someone show me where we can change some of YHVH’s instructions and He’s okay with it?

  11. I enjoyed listening to your Pearls today. I would guess that the problem of the smell of adult (undefiled) male goats in ancient times would be lessened by the fact that so many young goats (males and without defect) were sacrificed through the land before the problem of the odor was manifested. There was a whole lot of sacrificin’ goin’ on back then. We no longer sacrifice therefore…unless we “fix” the problem by bands or dinner, we WOULD have an awful stench throughout the land.

  12. Dear Mr Gordon

    I have been following a few of your teachings and your posts. There are 2 questions regarding parsha Emor. Can you help me with them please?

    1. I battled with the actual time of the Pesach and The Moeid of Chag Matzot but that has been explained to me since. However. Counting the Omer still has me confused. if I understand (read) the Scriptures correct, then the 50th day will be the day after the seventh Shabbat. That is fine. What concerns me though is that our Heavenly Father tells us to eat unleavened bread for seven days, but when we do the first wave offering the morrow after the Shabbat, the scriptures says that we are not to eat any grain before then (this offering should be done with unleavened bread because the seven days are not over yet). This is then my question. Should we then not eat any grain even if the Shabbat falls 5 or 6 days later during the feast and even if the orthodox Jewish people start to count the Omer from the 16th of Nissan, then they should not even eat matza on the 15th. Am I reading the word then correct – I study The Sciptures by the Institute of Scripture Research.

    2. How does one interpret the portion in Wayyiqra 23 verse 3 “in all your dwellings”
    I believe that it means at your home other wise it would have meant – in all your sojournings. Do we have to go to a synagogue on Shabbat or is the appointment with us in our dwellings (meaning as a family in our houses)

    I am not a Christian and I am not a Jew (although I wish I was) but for the last couple of years I am searching for the truth and the pathway which I am following leaves me with many more questions than answers. With all my heart I try to follow (do) the Torah as best my 9 year old daughter and I can. My wife and son rejects it outright. I followed the teachings of Rabbi Ed Nyddle as well as that of Bill Bullock – the last 4 years. Where I am it is difficult to join a Jewish community. What makes my path more difficult is that I know Yahushua of Natzreth existed and that his teachings was real. I do not pray to him though as there is only One Elohim, the Most High, Creator of the world, YHVH

    Excuse me for asking but are you a (or do you want to be called ) Rabbi

    Kind regards
    John

    • Hi John
      The Unleavened Bread would be made from the wheat, as it makes a finer matzah than barley flour. The first of the barley would be waved before harvesting, as Pesach is the time of year barley is in season. As for the wheat harvest that is at the time of Shavuot. One is not to harvest the crop til the priest gets the first sheaf of the crop. Yehovah has to get his slice of the pie, before you can glean your harvest. That’s why the morrow after the sabbath, you give your slice to the priest, then you can go out and harvest your crop.
      Hope this helps, this is in farmers layman terms from what I glean from scripture. Leave the corners of your field for the widows, orphans and foreigners as well. As per torah., and in the book of Ruth, that’s what Ruth was doing in Boaz’s field.

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