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PASSOVER AND YOM KIPPUR: RELATED?
Acharei Mot begins by describing in exquisite detail the priestly ritual of purification and expiation. Aaron, the High Priest, is instructed “to offer his own bull of sin offering, to make expiation for himself and for his household” (Leviticus 16:6). The detail is concluded with the commandment to honor Yom Kippur.
Every year during Passover, we read this week’s Torah portion, Acharei Mot. I believe that Acharei Mot is teaching us that there is a connection between Passover and Yom Kippur-but what is it?
Jewish demographers tell us that the Passover seder is the most widely observed of contemporary Jewish rituals and celebrations. Perhaps it is because the seder is conducted at home and is universally accessible, personal, and timeless, Passover is a beloved holiday. If you’ve cleaned your home and prepared for a seder, you know it claims sacred time. Turning to our Torah portion, the High Priest’s Yom Kippur ritual of sanctification mirrors this preparation: he, too, is challenged to ensuring the sanctity of rites and place. Once ready, both the seder participant and the High Priest enter into the drama of the ritual.
So what is the connection being taught in this Torah portion between Passover and Yom Kippur? The deliberate preparations for our Passover journey can mirror the process of preparing for the holiness of Yom Kippur. Each one of us is challenged to enter the Passover story, as the High Priest experiences his own soul searching in preparation for Yom Kippur. The High Priest’s intense ritual preparation for Yom Kippur mirrors our physical preparation for Passover. Perhaps this Torah portion is a reminder that our spiritual preparation for Yom Kippur, like the High Priest, can be as meaningful as our Passover journey.
This week’s commentary was inspired by Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell
~ Rabbi Allison Vann
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