Parsha Thought – Vayikra

HaShem spoke to Moses, saying: “Speak to the Children of Israel, saying: ‘When a person will sin unintentionally from among all the commandments of HaShem that may not be done, and he commits one of them.’” Leviticus 4:1, The Chumash The book of Leviticus begins with Moses calling the people…

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Parsha Thought – Tetzaveh

Tetzaveh ends with a command to make an additional altar, this time one from gold. Unlike the bronze altar described in last week’s portion, this altar is only for the burning of incense by the priesthood. The two altars, upon a closer examination, have very different roles and purposes. “You…

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Parsha Thought – Vayikra

This week we begin a new book of the Torah, Vayikra. Vayikra, or “Leviticus” in English actually means “And He called”. Here Adoni calls Moshe to Himself to teach him the statutes regarding the temple sacrifices and offerings. As briefly touched on in last weeks Shabbat teaching, sacrifice or korban, in Hebrew, (קָרְבָּן) comes from the root word karav (קָרַב) meaning “to approach or to come near”. It’s important to note, however, that the very first thing given to Moshe is in regards to one who decides to give an “olah kerebano,” the ascending offering.

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