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Violence and the Sacred
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Judaism is less a philosophical system than a field of tensions – between universalism and particularism, for example, or exile and redemption, priests and prophets, cyclical and linear time and so on. Rarely is this more in evidence than in the conflicting statements within Judaism about sacrifices, and nowhere more sharply than in the juxtaposition […]
Rabbi Weinreb’s Parsha Column, Tzav
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“The Practical Mystic” The world did not know that he was a mystic. He was an accomplished diplomat, who knew how to deal with people in positions of great power. Some characterized him as a shrewd, and even manipulative, manager of men. His name was Dag Hammarskjold, and he was the second Secretary-General of the […]
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 […]