Linking the Generations - Sh'mini II (Leviticus 10:12–11:47)
Sh'mini II - The Eighth [Day]
Moses spoke to Aaron and to his remaining sons, Eleazar and Ithamar
As our "Chesed” or Kindness week comes to a close – it is fitting to ask the question; What is Holy?
In our Parashah we are not only presented with many of our dietary laws which are meant to set our minds to what is sacred – and what is not.
In modern times we do still use the tool of food to help us actualize holiness for our thoughts. Passover is a perfect example of that. We are to think of Freedom – and physically deprive ourselves of bread to connect the idea to something tangible.
But our lives face this dilemma in a larger sense. What are the values and actions that create holiness? What is it that can bring us closer to the Holy One? Some would say the rituals we do on a daily basis. Others would say the actions the bring good and caring into the world.
Kindness Week at Shlenker follows through on that idea that our actions can create a better world and bring us close to a state of holiness. When those around you are spreading kindness in small and large ways we should feel that the Holy has entered the world at that moment. When we elevate ourselves to do good, we do become closer to the Holy in that moment.
Our Chesed Essay award winners all exemplify how seemingly small actions can not only show this act of holiness – but that these actions reflect the Jewish values and connections we teach about on a regular basis.
Additional Torah Study Resources:
ReformJudaism.org Torah Study / Leading a Family Torah Discussion