This Torah portion teaches that it’s better to give than receive.
Parashat Vayikra challenges the Jewish community to find new ways of interacting with God and God's creations.
We must pursue a vision of Judaism wherein all Jews feel comfortable entering the tent, and inviting outsiders as well.
While God commands Moses, He also calls to him affectionately.
The juxtaposition of Vayikra with preparations for Passover shows the parallels between cleaning our homes and souls and offering atonement and thanksgiving.
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.
God commands Moses regarding various types of offerings: under what circumstances they should be offered and what they should consist of.
The truth that exists in moments of intimacy and human connection can also infuse our ritual lives.
Sacrifices allow us to reach out to God using our physical and emotional drives.