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are commanded to avoid contact with corpses
in order to maintain a high standard of ritual purity.
They may attend the funeral of only their seven closest relatives:
Father, mother, wife, son, daughter, brother, and unmarried sister.
The kohen gadol (high priest) may not attend the funeral
even of his closest relatives.
Certain marital restrictions are placed on the kohanim.
The nation is required to honor the kohanim.
The physical defects that invalidate a kohen from serving
in the Temple are listed.
Terumah, a produce tithe given to the kohanim,
may be eaten only by kohanim and their household.
An animal may be sacrificed in the Temple after it is eight days
old and is free from any physical defects.
The nation is commanded to sanctify the name of G-d
by insuring that their behavior is always exemplary,
and by being prepared to surrender their lives rather than murder,
engage in licentious relations or worship idols.
The special characteristics of the holidays are described,
and the nation is reminded not to do certain types
of creative work during these holidays.
New grain may not be eaten until the omer of barley
is offered in the Temple.
The Parsha explains the laws of preparing the oil
for the menorah and baking the lechem hapanim in the Temple.
A man blasphemes G-d and is executed as prescribed in the Torah.