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אחרי מוֹת- "After the Death"

Weekly parashah #29: Acharei Mot

  • Torah: Vayikra (Leviticus) 16:1-18:30
  • Haftarah: Ezekiel (Yechezk'el) 22:1-19
  • Greek Scriptures: Luke 14-15


Leviticus 16:1

Now the LORD spoke to Moses after the death of the two sons of Aaron, when they had approached the presence of the LORD and died.

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The Hebrew Words

There are two words that make up the name of this week's Torah portion:

First use in Scripture

Acharei (Strong's #310) properly means "the hind part" or "after". It is used 636 times in 599 verses in the Tanakh.

The first place acharei is found in Scripture is in Genesis 5:4.

Genesis 5:4

Then the days of Adam after he became the father of Seth were eight hundred years, and he had other sons and daughters.


Mot (Strong's #4194) means "death" and is used 164 times in 159 verses in the Tanakh.

The first instance of this word is in Genesis 21:16 when Avraham sent Hagar and Yishma'el away.

Genesis 21:16

Then she went and sat down opposite him, about a bowshot away, for she said, "Do not let me see the boy die." And she sat opposite him, and lifted up her voice and wept.


The first time acharei mot is used as a phrase in Scripture is in Genesis 25:11.

Genesis 25:11

It came about after the death of Abraham, that G-d blessed his son Isaac; and Isaac lived by Beer-lahai-roi.


Last use in Scripture

The last time acharei mot is used as a phrase in Scripture is in Psalm 49:17.

Psalm 49:17

For when he dies he will carry nothing away; His glory will not descend after him.


Parashah Outline

  • Law of Atonement - Leviticus 16:1
  • Annual Atonement for the Tabernacle - Leviticus 16:29
  • Blood of Atonement - Leviticus 17:1
  • Laws of Immoral Relations - Leviticus 18:1


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