Parashat Emor / Of Suffering and Redemption

Rabbi Nehemiah’s interpretation provides a glimpse into the lives of the sages during the era of the Roman Empire, when there were decrees forbidding Jews from observing religious commandments.

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In Psalms 12:2, the narrator turns to God, beseeching him: “Help, Lord; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.” The chief flaw the narrator finds among the people he...