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Parshas Kedoshim - The Weekly WOW! ...Focus!



When we left Egypt, we left with the focus to receive the Torah on Mt. Sinai. This focus was the key to an amazing transformation. The mystics tell us that the Jewish people were on the 49th level of impurity when they left Egypt and only 50 days later, when they received the Torah, they reached the 49th level of purity. Focus is the foundation of all growth. It's the basis of holiness.
 
In this week's Parsha we are commanded to be Kedoshim, holy. The correct definition of holy is something or someone dedicated to a specific purpose or cause to the exclusion of others. The Temple and the synagogue are holy because they are dedicated to Divine worship and it is inappropriate to do anything else there. 
The Torah is a holy book. It should only be used to learn from and only in a clean and appropriate place. One should not put any other book on top of a Torah. 
Israel is the holy land and we are commanded to be the holy people. 

For most Mitzvos there is a blessing that starts, "Blessed are you G-d .... who has made us holy through your Mitzvos and commanded us to .." The Mitzvos are the source of our holiness.  They focus us on their specific purposes. The Rambam says it is not the fulfillment of the commandments which make us holy but the very fact that we have been commanded, that we are focused. 
 
This period between Pesach and Shavuos is the perfect time to re-evaluate what we are focused on. May we be blessed to find those focuses which are true to ourselves and not illusion.


 

Did You Forget to Count?

One who forgot the whole night to count,  should count in the day without blessing,  and on the following night count with a blessing.  If he also forgot (to count) during the day,  he should count afterwards all the nights without blessing.  If he is not sure if he counted at night or not,  even if he did not count the following day,  in any event he can count the remaining nights with the blessing. (KSA 120:2)