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This week’s parsha, parashat Emor, describes multiple rules. Among these rules are: purity rules for the Kohanim; the recounting of the holy days; preparations for the Menorah lights and bread for the Beit Mikdash; and a story about a blasphemer and his punishment.  

One portion of the parashah discusses the offerings to the Kohanim. A particular rule regarding this is that we have to be sensitive and appreciative of each offering that is given. No matter if it is gold or grain, every offering has to be respected and appreciated. This portion of the parsha made a particularly strong impression on me as  it teaches us to have gratitude for every gift we receive regardless of its materialistic value.  We are not in a position to judge the worthiness of the individual by the quantity or quality of what they have to offer. Our value systems differ from person to person; some people might have much to offer, while some people do not. Thousands of years ago, a cow was a significant offering. However, for a peasant who worked in the field, grain was the best he could offer. 

This teaches us that it is not the object that holds value, it is the effort and the thought that counts. We can apply this to our day to day lives by learning to be more appreciative of those in our lives, like our friends and family, who constantly feed us with small gifts such as food and favours. 

No matter how big or small, every gift is worthy of appreciation. 

Shabat Shalom.

Eden Grade 11