Today’s Aliyah

Dvar Torah for Emor 4th Aliyah

The Torah discusses all the major holidays of the Jewish calendar. Although bits of these holidays are also mentioned elsewhere, our parashah does offer added detail, such as shofar on Rosh Hashanah, abstention on Yom Kippur, lulav and esrog on Sukkos. However, when discussing the holiday of Shavuos, the Torah seemingly takes time out to give the command to leave the corners of your field and gleanings of your harvest for the poor (23:22). After this one pasuk the Torah goes back to describe the rest of the holidays. Why was this law of charity randomly inserted?

Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky explains that the Torah declares that the commandments to be kind, giving, and loving of others are just as non-negotiable as every other commandment. We have a Divine duty to be kind despite rationalizations and justifications to the contrary, an obligation not always easy to adhere to but can be even more rewarding when we do.