This week’s parsha, Emor, teaches us that the holiness which we should aspire to reach is not a stable state of being: on the contrary, it is an elevated status that needs to be safeguarded and sanctified. We can only be holy as long as we behave accordingly. Hence, as long as the Kohanim maintain their holiness and they protect the mishkan, Bnei Yisrael stay holy. With the great power of being holy, comes the even greater responsibility not to defile the holiness.
This is a message that we reiterate to our students regularly: we each have the power to sanctify our time and space, every day and in every way. The day may be mundane, the daily grind of school may be difficult but we have the power to make our day and our experiences holy.
We were honoured to welcome an Israeli farmer to the Boys’ School this week who spoke to the students about keeping shemitah during this year: the boys thoroughly enjoyed hearing about the farmer’s ‘spiritual’ experiences.
Have a wonderful Shabbos.
Mrs D Lebrett
Hasmonean High School for Girls