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Shemini – Sh’vi’i
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If a dead creeping thing fell into a clay vessel, the contents of the vessel would become unclean. The pot itself is irreparable and must be broken. Any food that has at some point been made wet with water or a similar liquid is susceptible to ritual uncleanliness. A clay oven becomes impure through such […]
Shemini – Haftarah
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To understand the main message of an haftarah long as this one, we must split it into its three or four distinct parts. First, there is the story of David bringing the Ark to the City of David, with two sub-parts, the first initiative to bring the Ark, aborted when Uza got killed, and David […]
Tzav – Rishon
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Next, G-d gave Moshe instructions for the kohanim about burnt offerings. Burnt offerings were to remain on the altar all night. In the morning, the kohein would put on his linen garments and remove the ashes. He would then change clothes and take the ashes to a ritually-clean place outside the camp. The kohein would […]
Tzav – Sheini
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G-d told Moshe about the sacrifice to be brought upon the occasion of inaugurating a kohein into service. This was to consist of 12 loaves of wheat flour, half offered in the morning and half in the evening. These loaves were boiled (or, possibly, deep fried), baked, then cooked in a pan with oil. These […]
Tzav – Shlishi
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One type of peace offering was the korban todah, a sacrifice to give thanks. Such an offering must include various types of loaves and matzos mixed with oil (40 in all). A portion of these would go to the kohein who offers the sacrifice. The korban todah had to be eaten on the day it […]
Tzav – R’vi’i
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Now it was time to install Aharon and his sons as priests. G-d had Moshe bring them, their special working clothes, the anointing oil, and the animals and loaves for the sacrifices. The entire people gathered at the entrance to the Mishkan. Moshe had Aharon and his sons immerse in a mikvah, then he dressed […]
Tzav – Chamishi
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Moshe brought out the bull for the sin offering. Aharon and his sons placed their hands on the sacrifice, which Moshe then offered on their behalf. The fats and other relevant portions were burned on the altar and the rest was burned outside the camp. Next, Moshe brought the ram for the burnt offering. Hands […]
Tzav – Shishi
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Moshe brought out the second ram for the special inauguration sacrifice. After it was slaughtered, Moshe put some of its blood on the right ears, right thumbs and right big toes of Aharon and his sons. Then Moshe took the fats and kidneys, etc., plus some of the loaves, and he had Aharon and sons […]
Tzav – Sh’vi’i
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Moshe took the anointing oil and some of the blood from the altar and used it to anoint Aharon, his sons and their uniforms. After this, they and their clothes were sanctified for service. Moshe told the kohanim to prepare and eat the food on Tabernacle property, burning the leftovers. They had to stay within […]
Tzav – Haftarah
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Jeremiah opens this week’s haftarah by telling the Jews to add their burnt-offerings, to their sacrifices where the owner gets some of the meat to eat him or herself. Rashi understands it as sarcasm, that at least that way they would get something, since God is rejecting the sacrifice as a means of closeness. The […]