Kedoshim | קדושים | “Holy ones”

The thirtieth reading from the “Bible study in a year” and seventh reading from Leviticus is named Kedoshim (קדושים), which mean “holy ones.” The title comes from the words in Leviticus 19:2, which says, “You shall be holy, for I the LORD (יְהֹוָה) your God am holy.” Leviticus 19 describes the holy community through a series of specific commandments. Leviticus 20 warns against the snares of sexual immorality and idolatry, mandating a death penalty for certain sins. Except in biblical leap years, Kedoshim is read on the same Sabbath as the previous reading, Acharei Mot.

Pentateuch Outline

  • Leviticus 19:1 | Ritual and Moral Holiness
  • Leviticus 20:1 | Penalties for Violations of Holiness


  • Amo 9:1 | The Destruction of Israel
  • Amo 9:11 | The Restoration of David’s Kingdom

Gospels and letters

  • John 7:53-10:21 | Mercy for a Sinful Woman, The Light of the World, Bringing Light to the Blind, The Faithful Hear the Shepherd’s Voice
  • 1 Peter 1:13-16 | A Call to Be Holy
  • 1 Corinthians 6:9-20 | Morality in the Temple of God