By: Genevieve Greinetz, Rabbinic Intern
In scouring over Parshat Emor, I found myself skipping over the horrendous parts of it. The parsha begins by relaying that all people who “have a defect” are not allowed to offer sacred food offerings to Gd. The text then offers a list of conditions that disable someone from offering food. At first, I skipped over it; labeled it painful, inappropriate, shameful, not to be spoken of.
My instinctive reaction to the darkness in this parsha parallels my initial reaction to pain and difficulty within, to render it invisible. But when our goal is self-love and acceptance, we must see the whole gamut of who we are.
As Art Green writes, “We are Jews and this is (our) Torah. The text will not s...