Tzav Text Study
Revisiting the Fire Offerings of Israel
Modern commentary and interpretation may ease some discomfort surrounding ancient liturgy.
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 and 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.
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.
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.
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.
Ears, Thumbs And Toes
The ceremony installing the priests teaches the importance of consecrating the entire body for sacred service.