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Torah Portion Acharei Mot :Lev  16:1 – 18:30

Acharei Mot is Hebrew for “After the death,” referring to the deaths of Aaron’s son Nadab and Abihu.

Summary of Acharei Mot: After the deaths of Nadab and Abihu, YHVH instructs Moses that Aaron cannot enter into the Holy of Holies except for the Day of Atonement.  He must make a sin offering of a young bull and a burnt offering of a ram.    He is also to use two goats.  Upon one will be the sins of the people and sent out to Azazel, and the other for a sin offering.  The Day of Atonement is set on the 10th Day of the 7th month.  No work is to be done, and the people will “afflict their souls” (understood to mean fasting from food and water).  People can only kill animals for sacrifice at the tabernacle to ensure that they are not sacrificed to some goat god.    Also prohibited are burnt offerings other than at the tabernacle, and any consumption of animal blood.  Idolotrous practices of Egypt and Canaan are also prohibited.  Those listed include sexual matings among family members and Molech worship (practices that include child sacrifice, male homosexuality and bestiality).  {Note: Molech was an Ammonite god].