This week’s Torah portion, Acharei Mot (After the Death of…), is the 29th (29th/54 or 52, depending on the year: this year, it’s 54…) through the annual cycle, and the 6th parashah in the book of Vayikra/Leviticus.
This portion deals with preventing tragedies like that of the two sons of Aaron last regular parashah ( Parashat Metzorah), and also lists prohibitions on certain things that now seem pretty obvious, and give us much of our Western Cultural ideas. For example “the life of the flesh is in the blood,” and not sleeping with your daughter-in-law. All of these prohibitions suggest a way of reasoning that leads to the idea that caring about others, and for others, is the basis of a functioning society. From caring for the animals whose lives meat-eaters take in order to feel nourished, to caring for the feelings of those close to our families, who must not be allowed to be violated via a technicality.
What could equity of responsibility and citizenry look like, if every person had proper health care, and everyone had a safe home?
I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this matter, Thoughtful Readers.
We can really Do Better.
Parashat Metzorah, Healing Houses, and Caring for People was the week before Pesach (which ended last week…)
Next week (Parasha 30) will be: Parashat Kedoshim, What Torah Stands Upon ,
Share your thoughts on how to build buy-in create a more equal, or at least less inequitable, society, please. Writing, by the way, is my personal contribution to Project Do Better.
What would yours be, if you had time?
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Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BsCs