Sedra KeDoShim 120 words. Holy

“Be Holy” [19:1] – I don’t think the Torah crafts any other commands in this tone.

In this verse Rashi sees two distinct components, which are to our minds, almost indistinguishable – “one should be separated from immorality and also from sin.” But is immorality not already included in sin?

RaMBaN rejects Rashi’s interpretation simply because Rashi narrows the meaning to being separated from sin, whereas Toras KoHanim appears to explain that holiness is accomplished by separating from things that are not sins, holiness means separating from permitted things.

According to RaMBaN, the unusual crafting of this verse is not a command, but advice: we are being urged to seek holiness by being less engaged with the pleasures of this world. Rashi however sees holiness accruing [also?] from those acts that are prohibited.

Holiness, according to Rashi, is [also?] accomplished by avoiding transgression. Gd urges or perhaps commands us to appreciate that holiness does not lie beyond His 613 Mitzvos,  but within those commands in which we are to avoid those things that test our resolve and loyalty.

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