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Category: Tzav

The Relationship Between Parashat Vayikra and Parashat Tzav

by Rabbi Mosheh LichtensteinPosted on November 1, 2016

Making Meaning of the Ashes in Our Lives

by Rabbi Asher LopatinPosted on September 23, 2016

Making Meaning of the Ashes in Our Lives Parshat Tzav   “This is the Torah of the sacrifice… let the priest where his cloth clothes…and lift the ashes that the fire creates… and place them near the altar.” (Leviticus 6:2-3). When we think of sacrifices and gifts to others, we think of important things: objects Continue Reading »

Sacrifices Celebrate Our Love of God

by Rabbi Avi WeissPosted on May 25, 2016

Parshat Tzav continues the theme of the sacrificial service. There are many suggestions as to the reasoning behind this enigmatic, yet important element of our tradition. Ramban understands the Mishkan (tabernacle) as a kind of portable Mt. Sinai. Mt. Sinai was a physical mountain through which the Jewish people were able to feel God’s presence more Continue Reading »

Reading God in the Megillah

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on March 23, 2016

We often speak of the clergy as “klei kodesh,” literally, “holy vessels.” There is something beautiful about this as it allows us to see them as vessels for connecting with God. But at the same time, there is something dehumanizing about this label. It transforms clergy from subjects to objects, taking away their personhood and Continue Reading »

Pulling Back the Curtain

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on March 25, 2015

Vayikra began with a detailed list of the different sacrifices a person could bring and the laws pertaining to them. Somewhat surprisingly, the Torah seems to repeat itself in this week’s parasha, listing once again all the sacrifices and how they are to be brought. What is the point of this repetition? The answer can Continue Reading »

Not Just a Vessel

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on March 14, 2014

We often speak of the clergy as being klei kodesh, literally, holy vessels. There is something beautiful about this; it allows us to see them as vessels for connecting us with God and God with us. But at the same time there is something dehumanizing about this label; it transforms them from subjects to objects, Continue Reading »

Tzav and Vayikra – Some Additional Thoughts

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on March 22, 2011

In another post we discussed the differences between Tzav and Vayikra, focusing on the order in which the korbanot are listed.    As a wrap-up of that discussion, here are some additional differences worth noting: Tzav’s discussion of the olah is very brief (6:1-6), without an enumeration of all the possible different animals.  What type of animals can Continue Reading »

Tzav – Two Perspectives on Korbanot

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on March 22, 2011

The beginning of parashat Tzav seems like almost an exact repeat of the beginning of parashat Vayikra.  Each parasha deals with the details and rituals of the different korbanot, and Tzav winds up seeming like merely a repeat of Vayikra. However, closer examination shows that while they deal with the same topics, they approach them from different perspectives.  Vayikra begins: Continue Reading »

Mitzvot, Monotony, and Meaning

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on March 21, 1998

Parshat Tzav continues with a discussion of the sacrifices to be brought in the Sanctuary, this time from the perspective of the priests that do the service. It concludes with a seven-day induction of Aaron and his sons into the priestly order. The parsha opens with the following verses: “The Lord spoke to Moses saying: Continue Reading »