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Parashat Sh'mini (March 22, 2014)
by Missy Bell

THIS WEEK’S TORAH PORTION, Sh’mini, begins by continuing to explain the different types of sacrifices the Israelites need to make, including sin offerings, burnt offerings, peace offerings and meal offerings. The rituals, rules and structure surrounding these types of offerings are explained in depth as Moses and Aaron are taught what to do. The second half of the portion begins to list some of the laws of kashrut — the laws about which animals the Israelite community is permitted to eat, and which animals they may not eat.

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