Student Teaching in the New Millenium

5771 Kedoshim III

In Leviticus on April 28, 2011 at 2:36 am

Kimchi calls the tabernacle of David in Amos a protection to the people. Could it be understood as the people itself?

The commentators explain that the first few years’ fruit of the trees are forbidden because of health and idol worship, and to respect the natural life cycle of the trees themselves. Why? What does this mean for modern ways of making plants yield faster? Does this mean something to people who rush useless goods to market?

Does abusing the land constitute selling it into harlotry? Is instant gratification a form of lewdness?

The commentators link a lot of this to divination. The benefits that Amos describes requires honest human investment to achieve. Are Amos and the parsha saying don’t be fickle?

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