Parashat Acharei Mot, Mourning, and Caring for Each Other

     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 ,

Action Prompts:

    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

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7 thoughts on “Parashat Acharei Mot, Mourning, and Caring for Each Other

  1. Clement Richard Attlee (1st Earl Attlee, KG, OM, CH, PC, FRS (3 January 1883 – 8 October 1967) was a British politician who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1945 to 1951 and Leader of the Labour Party from 1935 to 1955. He was Deputy Prime Minister during the wartime coalition government under Winston Churchill, and served twice as Leader of the Opposition from 1935 to 1940 and from 1951 to 1955.) said, “charity is a cold, grey, loveless thing. If a rich man wants to help the poor, he should pay his taxes gladly, not dole out money at a whim.”
    I agree!
    It’s all well and good donating to charities but when we are hit through bad times the money dries up. No one should have to rely on charity in my opinion.

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    1. Um, yes, I agree. Thank you for commenting.

      The rich should certainly pay their fair share of taxes, and I also agree that no one should have to rely on charity.

      Is this your response to my ending question in the post about what an equitable society could look like?

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      1. Yes it is Shira. I believe, for example, that health care for all at the point of need is essential and required under government legislation; that a standard education is a right for every child. It works better when people support such legislation but without it there are always the escape routes to avoid ie tax avoidance.
        If this isn’t what you meant then I have misunderstood – just ignore me 🙂

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        1. Excellent, thank you, Margiran: that is exactly what I meant, I just got thrown at first, by your starting point, as I didn’t see the context, sorry. I agree entirely with the need for health care, and I agree that in theory it is required under the US federal Constitution, but in practice up to this point, that right has not yet been recognized and fulfilled. Likewise with a standard education (hence my lesson plans), which is a particular problem given the 50 states +DC as independent fiefdoms.

          Why would I ever ignore such excellent points that you make, Ma’am?!

          Many thanks for commenting here, M!

          I hope I make sense, today, as I am tired, but pushing to get on with editing Do Better so that it can be published and get into other hands to move forward with Project Do Better,


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