Leviticus 1:1 - 5:26

Isaiah 43:21 - 44:23

In this Torah portion, God describes the laws of animal sacrifice. God explains the different sacrifices that atone for guilt or sins, and distinguishes between sins committed inadvertently and sins committed on purpose.

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What Silence Conceals — and Reveals

How a tiny letter dramatically changes the meaning.

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THNX God!

Like the Israelites, we too have much to be thankful for in our lives

Challah for Parashat Vayikra

Priest laying hand on sacrificial offering.

Slippery With Blood

Parashat Vayikra is filled with the killing of animals.

Parashat Vayikra Quiz

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Obligation & Volunteerism

In social justice work, can we simultaneously reach a broad audience while ensuring participants are there for the right reasons?

Not Ours To Discard

Though the book of Leviticus--and other global systems--may seem antiquated, but we cannot just strike them from the record.

The Pending Guilt Offering and the Global Climate

We must take responsibility for our actions even in absence of conclusive proof we have done something wrong.

Striving for I-Thou

Parashat Vayikra challenges the Jewish community to find new ways of interacting with God and God's creations.

An Invitation into the Tent

We must pursue a vision of Judaism wherein all Jews feel comfortable entering the tent, and inviting outsiders as well.

Addressing Our Loved Ones

While God commands Moses, He also calls to him affectionately.

Sacrifices Are Alive And Well!

The model of sacrifices, of offering our kindness, generosity and compassion even if it is difficult, inspires us to continue to draw close to God.

Parashat Vayikra: Summary

God commands Moses regarding various types of offerings: under what circumstances they should be offered and what they should consist of.

The Truth Of Social Justice

The truth that exists in moments of intimacy and human connection can also infuse our ritual lives.

The Role Of Sacrifices

Sacrifices allow us to reach out to God using our physical and emotional drives.

Only One Was Called, But We Were All Chosen

The nature of Moshe's communication with God was affected by his role as intermediary and representative of the people.

Holiness Is Life

Moral behavior that respects and ensures life is the key to holiness and purity.

The Fine Distinction Between Loving and Casual Relationships

The small aleph in the opening word of Vayikra alerts us to the subtle but significant differences between intentional, loving relationships with God, and accidental, casual ones.

The Value Of Animal Sacrifices

The institution of animal sacrifice allows us to confront our deepest subconscious urges and needs.

The Spirituality Of Business Ethics

Recognizing God as a partner in all business dealings inspires us to conduct these dealings with the utmost care and honesty.