To most people, the book of Vayikra/Leviticus is an onslaught of laws, rules, rituals, and outdated information. But for those willing to look deeper, there are all sorts of treasures to be found. Such is the case with this week’s Torah Portion.
There had been a seven day inauguration process that was set to reach its climax today. It was now the first of Nissan. For those past seven days, Aaron and his sons were taught and trained by Moshe in regards to the specifics of the different offerings that could be brought to the Mishkan. Up to this point, Moses had been the one doing the processes and procedures concerning the atonement offerings. It was now Aaron’s turn.
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.