“Love your neighbor as yourself” is our favorite quote from this, very weird, parsha. It is also the mantra of our congregation. But getting to the weird part, YHWH is forever screeching that she is our one and only god. This week, however, She commands us to send offerings to another deity! Azazel is a mysterious, wilderness-dwelling, goat god. The Comic Torah likes to imagine that YHWH developed an affection for goats and their god while She lived in the mountains. Maybe goats protected and accompanied her when she was a mountain god.

YHWH commands that both She and Azazel get offering: She loves Him as She loves Herself!

There’s also great midrash about this parsha that we covered in last year’s Acharei-Kedoshim comic.