Love Your Neighbor As Yourself
The rabbi of my home congregation (Temple Emanuel in Roanoke, Virginia), Kathy Cohen, would start every d'var Torah with, "This week's is my favorite Torah portion!" So, I know I should be careful when I say that parashat Kedoshim really is one of my favorites. In this sermon, I connect my favorite parashah to one of my favorite prophetic texts, Isaiah 56, emphasizing the importance of including non-Jews in the Jewish community in the commandment to love our neighbors as ourselves.
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