Torah Portion of the Week: A Cut Above

Parashat Tetzaveh: This week’s portion, a formative chapter in the history of Israelite priesthood, is concerned with the essence of the priesthood and the role of holy people.

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What is holiness? It can be defined as the quality of something that is special, exalted and distinct from other things. In the Bible, as my teacher Baruch Schwartz notes in his book “The Holiness Legislation:...