Leviticus 6:1 - 8:36

Malachi 3:4 - 3:24 | Shabbat HaGadol

In this Torah portion, God continues to describe the different laws of sacrifices. A distinction is made between sin offerings, burnt offerings, and homage offerings, with each following its own process. God then commands the priests to make another offering that ordains themselves in their positions. FULL SUMMARY

In Praise of Public “Guilt Offerings”

Because asking for forgiveness is a holy act.

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Finding Meaning in Ancient Rituals

How the sacrificial system lives on.

Kosher For Passover And All Year Round

The prohibition against leavened bread for most Temple grain offerings imbues the Temple with the spirit of freedom all year round.

Lost & Found: From Obsolete Ritual to Personal Responsibility

The complex rules of thanksgiving offering ensured that it enabled the public participation of the broader community in thanking God.

Sometimes Not Only An Animal Was Sacrificed

Our spiritual leaders must always remember that the sanctity of human life should never supercede devotion to God.

Ears, Thumbs And Toes

The ceremony installing the priests teaches the importance of consecrating the entire body for sacred service.

From Guilt to Action

The sacrificial system teaches that coming nearer to God requires coming nearer to each other.

Challenging Isolation

Too much isolation set Nadav and Avihu over the edge.

Tending Flames, Seeing Faces

Like the fire that always burned on the altar, we should make sure that our inner fires of compassion always inspire us to work for justice for all of humanity.

The Obligation To Give Thanks

The thanksgiving offering teaches us the importance of thanking God as a communal sharing of faith and appreciation.

Service As Its Own Reward

Zealousness regarding the elevation offering reminds us to be careful in our service of God and others.

Private And Communal Judaism

Despite the occasional need for private expressions of Judaism, we must remember our connection to the larger public community.

Transparent Leadership

The metamorphosis of Aaron and his sons into priests was a process wholly transparent to the nation.

Constantly Feeding Our Internal Spark

Our books, texts, and traditions bring new meaning to us at different stages of our life.

Humilty vs. Insecurity

There's a perpetual tension between fostering a strong sense of self in our children and ensuring that they don't become self-centered and egotistical.

Feeling Grateful

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The Eternal Light

The sacrifices teach us about constancy in relating to God.

Revisiting the Fire Offerings of Israel

Modern commentary and interpretation may ease some discomfort surrounding ancient liturgy.

Parashat Tzav: Summary

God tells Moses to describe the rituals for some of the offerings to the priests; the priests then undergo the process of ordination.