On Individual and Collective Holiness





According to the emphasis which we find in this week’s reading, it appears that the correct way to attaining greater sanctity is through personal expiation, following a way of distinction and separation, and not by a way that is equal for all. The correct way appears to involve active individual effort, not passive collective awareness. True holiness cannot be only a gift from G-d, as when the Divine Presence dwells among the people; rather, it is also dependent on the endeavors of the individual. Only after strict adhere to the laws of purity and proper expiation can one attain sanctity.

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