February 22, 2020

Rosner’s Torah Talk: Parashat Acharei Mot-Kedoshim with Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

Our guest this week is Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky, leader of the B’nai David-Judea congregation in LA. Rabbi Kanefsky was ordained in 1989 at Yeshiva University, where he also received a master’s degree in Jewish History. He began his rabbinic career in 1990 as the associate rabbi at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale in New York, where he worked under the tutelage of spiritual activist Rabbi Avi Weiss. He came to B’nai David-Judea Congregation in the summer of 1996. He is a past president of the Board of Rabbis of Southern California, and of the International Rabbinic Fellowship, which he helped found. He is a teaching fellow for the Wexner Heritage Foundation.

This week’s Torah Portion – Parashat Acharei Mot-Kedoshim (Leviticus 16:1-20:27) – describes the Tabernacle ceremony of the Day of Atonement, establishes general rules for sacrifice and sanctuary, and lays down specific laws about sexual relationships. Our conversation focuses on the role of holiness, justice, and mutual trust in communal life.