This week, the double portion of Acharei Mot-Kedoshim is read. Acharei Mot means “after the death,” and Kedoshim means “holy people.” Acharei Mot details the rituals of Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), the holiest day of the year. In Kedoshim, God tells Moses to speak to the whole Israelite community and instruct them concerning ritual and ethical laws to help them live holy lives.
The Golden Rule says that we should treat others the way we would want to be treated. The foundation of the Golden Rule is found in Kedoshim, when it says, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Lev. 19:18). Right before this, we are taught not to take revenge or bear a grudge against others.