Parashat Kedoshim, What Torah Stands Upon

     This week’s Torah portion,  K’doshim,  is the 30th (30/54 or 52, depending on the year: this year, it’s 54…) reading in the annual cycle, and the 7th parashah in the book of Vayikra/Leviticus.

   This portion has the verse from which Rabbi Hillel draws his famous order to the prospective convert wanting to learn Torah while standing on one foot:

  “That which is hateful to you, do not do to your Neighbor.  On this hangs the whole Torah; the rest is commentary: go learn it.”

  (Sorry, I’m too tired to quote the original src from which this comes, but here is a lovely article which does cite Hillel, and this parshah’s verse which R. Hillel was using as the basis for his order to the man, who did, apparently, go on to convert to Judaism, if I recall correctly.  Hopefully Dolly or David will read this and correct me if I’m mis-remembering…)  

         What do you think our world could look like if every one of us followed the order given by Rabbi Hillel? 

     I look forward to hearing your opinions on this matter, Thoughtful Readers.

We can really  Do Better.



     Last week was: Parashat Acharei Mot, Mourning, and Caring for Each Other ,

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    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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24 thoughts on “Parashat Kedoshim, What Torah Stands Upon

  1. You have asked an excellent question.

    Most of the world’s religions include some version of the Golden Rule. The wording varies, but the idea is the same. Yet religious history is replete with examples of adherents of these religions violating the Golden Rule, often in the name of a deity. And one of the surest ways to create controversy is to practice the Golden Rule.

    In the Acts of the Apostles, some opponents of St. Paul and company complained that “the men who have been turning the world upside down” had arrived in a particular city.

    The world is already upside down. A world in which the Golden Rule was normative would be right side-up.

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  2. A very simple rule, which would be the only one necessary, if we observed it …
    We have the same in German: Was du nicht willst, das man dir tu, das füg auch keinem anderen zu (What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others).
    Life could be so easy …

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        1. Thank you, Birgit: your support, especially, has made it more doable for me to not give up. Thank you, and I hope that your weekend has been good: Happy Mothers’ Day, if it applies to you.

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  3. “That which is hateful to you, do not do to your Neighbor. On this hangs the whole Torah; the rest is commentary: go learn it.”

    THANK YOU Shira. I have been collecting such quotes from all the great religions and will add this one.

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    1. So that’s why I’ve been hearing that song all week! Yes,

      “Al Shloshah d’varim haOlam omed: al haTorah, ve al haAvodah, ve al G’milut Chasadim.”

      “On 3 things, the world stands: on Torah, on Prayer service, and on Acts of Kindness.”

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