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Rabbi Marcus – Acharei Mot
This week’s Sedra is Acharei Mot. We learn of the meticulous preparation of the Cohen Gadol — High Priest – and the procedure he followed on Yom Kippur before he and he alone could enter the KODESH HAKODASHIM- the Holy of Holies, which contained the Ark and the Tablets which Moshe brought down from Mount Sinai.
We also learn that sacrifices were limited to the Mishkan (Tabernacle) in order to prevent the establishment of similar shrines like those among the pagan peoples. The Sidra ends with the list of forbidden marriages of close relatives something which was common among the Egyptians and Canaanites of old.