Emor: A Path to Follow

The story [of the blasphemer, Leviticus/Vayikra 24:10-23] is noteworthy in that it is one of only four incidents in the Torah in which Moses is shown asking God how to decide an issue (the others are Numbers 9:6ff, 15:32ff, and 27:1ff). Moses sought God’s judgment because the punishment for blasphemy had not yet been detailed. More significant, however, is the placement of this story. It is, in effect, a cautionary tale, coming as it does on the heels of the sections demanding holiness and morality from the Israelites.
— from Loeb and Kadden, Teaching Torah*

To aid in following this path:

Numbers/Bamidbar 9:6ff — in Beha’alotecha — is about the Pesach sheini (second chance to offer that sacrifice) — you might, for a different path, see also this link involving a clock that strikes twice, just in case.

Numbers/Bamidbar 15:32 — in Shelach — is about the gathering of sticks on Shabbat and may or may not be related to Zelophehad, as in father of the daughters of Zelophehad (another path)

Numbers/Bamidbar 27:1ff — in Pinchas — is about the daughters of Zelophehad.

* Please see Source Materials for full citations and additional information.

The “Opening the Book” series was originally presented in cooperation with the independent, cross-community Jewish Study Center and with Kol Isha, an open group that for many years pursued spirituality from a woman’s perspective at Temple Micah (Reform). “A Song Every Day” is an independent blog, however, and all views, mistakes, etc. are the author’s.

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Virginia hosts "Conversations Toward Repair" on We Act Radio, manages WeLuvBooks.org, blogs on general stuff a vspatz.net and more Jewish topics at songeveryday.org and Rereading4Liberation.com

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