For I Hashem am He who brought you up from the land of Egypt to be your God: you shall be holy, for I am holy. LEVITICUS 45:11 (The Israel Bible™)

In the above verse, the Jewish nation is instructed to be “holy, for I am holy.” Many Biblical Commentators interpret the phrase being holy to mean demonstrating self-control in overcoming natural human desires and instincts. While humans were created with desires and instincts, Hashem commands us to conquer these urges in an effort to attain holiness and connect to Him.

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