Today’s Aliyah

Dvar Torah for Kedoshim 5th Aliyah

The Torah concludes the rules and consequences of worshipping molech by prescribing capital punishment not only for its worshippers but also for anyone neglecting to punish the worshippers. The Torah concludes by stating, “You shall sanctify yourselves and be holy, for I am the Lord your G-d” (20:7). Why is the appeal to be sanctified doubled, and why is this edict placed here?

Meshech Chochmah suggests that our job is to perform positive commandments and avoid negative ones to the best of our abilities. G-d assures us that if we make an effort to improve and become more holy, G-d will reciprocate with efforts to help us achieve our goals. The Torah’s dual language here also highlights our roles in doing our best, as well as being aware of and responsible for those around us. Rather than being discouraged by lofty goals, making a well-rounded effort to improve ourselves and those around us will result in our collective growth and G-d’s help in achieving those goals.