Parashat Emor / פרשת אמור

Note: The Shabbos Torah Reading is divided into 7 sections. Each section is called an Aliya [literally: Go up] since for each Aliya, one person “goes up” to make a bracha [blessing] on the Torah Reading.

1st Aliya: Specific restrictions for Kohanim and the Kohain Gadol pertaining to marriages, sexuality, and mourning.

2nd Aliya: Laws pertaining to physical blemishes of the Kohanim and who can and can not eat from the priestly gifts.

3rd Aliya: Laws defining what constitutes an acceptable and unacceptable blemish on an animal designated to be a Korban.

4th Aliya: The establishment of Shabbos, Pesach, the Omer, the counting of the Omer and Shavuoth.

5th Aliya: The establishment of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.

6th Aliya: The establishment of Sukkoth.

7th Aliya: Laws of the Ner Tamid, the Showbread, the incident with the Blasphemer, and the penalties for Blasphemy.

Yechezkel 44:15

This week’s Haftorah is among the prophecies of Yechezkel describing the third Bais Hamikdash. Yechezkel’s prophesized after the destruction of the first Bais Hamikdash in the year 3352-410 b.c.e.

In the Haftorah, Yechezkel instructed the Kohanim in their unique laws. It relates to this week’s Parsha which also details many of the laws imposed specifically on the Kohanim.