This week’s Portion, Kedoshim (“Holy Ones) – Leviticus 19:1 – 20:27 – is a change of focus from the previous Portions. Last week’s Portion was the focal point of Leviticus: chapter 16 – the Day of Atonement. The chapters leading up it showed us how to become holy. The Day of Atonement was when God called us holy; and this Portion and all the rest of the chapters show us how to maintain holiness.
Greek thought in the Church stresses separation of Good and Evil. Torah, and specifically Leviticus, teaches separation of Holy from Common (or Good); there is no Torah consideration for Evil. We must always strive for holiness, and only reluctantly settle for Common (or Good).