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Parashat Tzav: Leviticus; Chapter 6 Verse 1 – Chapter 8 Verse 36

03/21/2018 11:22:51 AM


General Overview: This week the Torah continues describing the various sacrifices offered in the Tabernacle and Temple, a topic started in last week's portion. This is followed by an account of the seven-day inauguration of the Tabernacle.

1st Section: Additional instructions regarding the Olah – ascent offering, and the Mincha – meal offering are detailed.

2nd Section: The special meal offering of the Kohen Gadol (High Priest) and the special inaugural meal offering of the regular Kohen is described. This was the same offering in both cases; however, the Kohen Gadol brought his offering every day while the regular Kohen did so only on the day of his inauguration into the service of the Bet Hamikdash. Additional laws of the sin offering, and the guilt offering are detailed.

3rd Section: Additional laws of the peace offering are detailed along with those portions of the offering that must be shared with the Kohen.

4th, 5th, 6th & 7th Sections: The remainder of the Torah portion describes the first seven days of the inaugural process for Aaron and his four sons. Moshe functioned as the Kohen Gadol to officiate over the inaugural process, and Aaron and his sons were forbidden to leave the Tabernacle the entire time.

Haftara: Jeremiah; Chapter 7 Verse 21 – Chapter 8 Verse 3, and Chapter 9 Verses 22 & 23

Haftara Summary: This week's haftara touches on the subject of sacrifices, which is the main topic of the week's Torah portion. G‑d tells the prophet Jeremiah to rebuke the Jewish people, saying that His primary intention in taking their forefathers out of Egypt wasn't the sacrificial offerings, rather in order that they observe the commandments. Despite the fact that G‑d repeatedly dispatched prophets to admonish the people, "They did not obey nor did they incline their ear, but walked according to their own counsels and in the view of their evil heart, and they went backwards and not forwards." G‑d further informs Jeremiah that the people will also not heed to these words that he will speak to them now.

The haftara concludes with G‑d's admonition: "Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom, nor the strong man boast of his strength, nor the rich man boast of his riches. But let him that boasts exult in this, that he understands and knows me, for I am G‑d Who practices kindness, justice and righteousness on the earth; for in these things I delight, says G‑d."

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