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May 1, 2024

Acharei Mot | Vayikra 17: Mishkan to Machaneh, by Rav Yitzchak Etshalom

The pivot from cleansing to sanctity.

Parashat Acharei Mot is made up of 3 segments; the first is a conclusion to the "Torat haMishkan", as it prescribes how to cleanse the Mishkan of impurities; the final segment opens up the "Torat haMachaneh", detailing how to infuse sanctity into our mundane spheres of life. The middle section, which contains five commands, seems to be both out of place and internally contradictory, presenting laws that are apparently temporary yet declaring them to be חקת עולם - a permanent rule. In this shiur, we examine ויקרא יז and present an argument for its sequence and location.

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