The next time we read this Torah portion is April 04, 2020
The Torah continues to describe the laws of animal sacrifices. We learn about three different types of offerings: Sin offerings, Burnt offerings, and Homage offerings.
Tzav Torah Portion: Leviticus 6:1–8:36
Parshat Tzav picks up where Parshat Vayikra left off, laying out the details of offering
Now, what sacrificial laws are described in this
The question must be asked: What is the spiritual meaning of these bizarre acts? To take an animal, slaughter it, or even just some bits of flour and oil, and offer it up on an altar... why does God desire for us to do that? What's the point? What does it accomplish? What should we be thinking and feeling as we do it? Should we expect that it will somehow alter our relationship with God? And if so, how? These are just the questions to be asking. On our Parshat Vayikra page, we linked to a video from Rabbi Fohrman that offers one part of an answer to this question, but here, we want to recommend another: "How Can I Confront Sacrifices?" In this video, Imu and David ask these very questions and offer an insightful philosophical framework for understanding what sacrifices are all about.
Now, Tzav isn't all about sacrifices. After the laws of sacrifices are finished, the tone of the
By the way, the details of this priestly inauguration ceremony have a lot in common with another ritual that is described elsewhere in the Torah... another place where we encounter the following six elements:
1. Washing in water
2. Putting on fresh clothing
3. Putting oil on someone's head
4. Putting blood on someone's right ear, thumb, and big toe
5. Staying in place for seven days
Is it merely a coincidence? Or are these parallels trying to tell us something? And if so, what? In this video, Rabbi David Block reveals that "other" story and offers us his theory as to the meaning of their connection.