Tsav

5 korbanos = 5 chumashim

Gimme five! The Kli Yakar (7:11) reveals that it says ‘this is the Torah’ five times in reference to the various korbanos, hinting at the five books of the Torah. For anyone who learns through the five books of the Torah is as if they have offered up all five…

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Tsav

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beginnings

This week's parsha (tzav; with one more pasuk than the gematria of its name) ends off with (perek 8) the lengthy instructions as to how exactly to inaugurate the mishkan, including Aharon himself. A general question can be asked here; why is all this grand 'opening ceremony' necessary; just go…

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Tzav: Practical Torah Thoughts on Everyday Living

....................he (priest) shall separate the ash of what the fire consumed of the elevation-offering on the Alter...... (6:3) This service in the Temple was known as "Terumas Hadeshen". Every morning the kohan would remove the ashes from the alter and place it in a silver pan.The kohan would then carry…

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What's an 'adam' and why is it in korbanos?

The Netziv[1] notes that in all the various topics and laws of Chumash Vayikra (and there are many) we only find the term ‘adam’ (‘person/man’) twice. One is in our topic of korbanos (Vayikra 1:2) and the other is in the portion dealing with tzara’as (13:2) - the mark on…

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No Aharon HaKohen in Vayikra?!

Where’s your Kohen gone? :
It is a relatively famous fact that Moshe’s name is not mentioned in parshas Tetzaveh (though it has not quite made it into Trivial Pursuit). What is less well-known, is that Aharon’s name does not make it into parshas Vayikra. Given that Vayikra is all…

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Tzav

Three times in the sidra a verse begins with "Vayishchat - he slaughtered." The third one has a special note - a shalsheles. This note is used only three other times in chumash Breishis, for a total of 4 altogether.
__I suggested in my volume on Chumash that there…

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The power of flour and oil

TZOV

"The Kohan (Priest) from amongst his sons who is anointed in his place shall perform it..................(6:15)

Twice a day, the Kohan Gadol (High Priest) would offer a meal offering called the"Minchas Chavitin".Half was brought in the morning and the other half in the afternoon.This offering was burnt in…

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