This week’s Torah portion is Aharei Mot–Kedoshim. Another double portion! In our portion, we learn about a special place called the Mishkan. (Can you say Mishkan?) This place was kind of like a synagogue, but it was a big tent that could move from place to place. In the Mishkan there was a big box called the Aron (can you say Aron?) which is also called an Ark. In this box was something really special.
What is something special that you would put into a box?
In this box were the Ten Commandments. These commandments were really important rules for all of us. Rules are really important because they help us be happy and healthy. They help us learn what are good things to do and what bad things we shouldn’t do.
What are a few rules you have at home? What are some good things we should do? What are some bad things we shouldn’t do?
One of the reasons they put the 10 Commandments inside the box is so that the rules would be saved for a long time. These rules have been passed from parent to child for a really, really, really long time. It is amazing to be following the same rules for so long.
In Aharei Mot-Kedoshim, we are reminded that rules help us live better with our friends and family. We read this part of the Torah so that we can have these special rules just like our parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents.
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