This verse appears towards the end of the kosher dietary laws. God draws a clear parallel between obeying the kosher laws and sustaining a status of holiness; of being holy as God is holy. The Bible instructs us to distinguish between things which can be eaten and things which are not to be eaten. In handing these requirements to the Jewish people, God is requiring that they distinguish themselves from the other nations. They are handed an enormous responsibility to live a holy life, to follow God’s commandments and to come as close as possible to the holiness of God. In that role, they are to have a positive influence on the rest of the world. Do you love connecting to the Land of Israel on a daily basis? Israel365 needs your help to support our holy work!
New findings from the World Economic Forum have determined that Israel is one of the globe’s most innovative and competitive countries. The Startup Nation also ranked third in two other categories, beating out most of the world!
It is now possible for a Jew anywhere in the world to perform the mitzvah (commandment) of paying the half-shekel, a Biblically-mandated tax incumbent on every Jew to finance the day-to-day operations of the Temple.
Jerusalem's Western Wall (Kotel) with the Temple Mount in the background is a constant reminder that we must never forget that the Holy Temple once stood on this soil and we must yearn for its return each and every day of our lives. Photo by Shutterstock
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