Vayikra

Olah - be the best!

Olah, Olah, Olah Olah The Chizkuni (1:3) points out that the first korban to be mentioned is the olah. Why is this? He answers that it is simply because the olah is the best korban - first on the grid is normally reserved for the best. In what way is…

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Korban - lost in translation

Rav Shimshon Refoel Hirsch comments that, as with many Torah words we have translated into other languages, the word korban has fallen prey to a nefarious mistranslation. We tend to translate the word korban as ‘sacrifice,’ implying some form of negative, depressive cutting away of ourselves. There is some truth…

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a small alef with a humbling message - but why here?

The Ba'al Haturim quotes a midrash which explains why the alef at the end of the word 'vayirka' is small. It's because Moshe wanted the word to read 'vayikar' - that HaShem chanced upon Moshe - as opposed to 'vayikra,' which tells of HaShem's Love for Moshe. So the compromise…

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Forcing Mitzvos

Rashi [quoting the gemarra] raises a contradiction early on in our sedra (1:3). The pasuk tells us ‘if an olah is his sacrifice…he is to offer it up (‘yakriv oso’) willingly (‘lirtzono’) before HaShem.’ The problem is that the words yakriv oso mean that we force this person to bring…

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Korbanos under the microscope

In his introduction to Chumash Vayikra, the Ramban writes that this entire Chumash is devoted to the topic of sacrifices (korbanos); all the mitzvos in this Chumash are linked in some way to korbanos.[1] Therefore, we are going tackle a central issue this week: what is behind the institution of…

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Korbanos from within!!!

The posuk says(1:2) "Adam Ki Yakriv Mikem Korban L'Hashem", the pasuk calls a person's korban "A Korban to Hashem". The end of the pasuk says, "Min HaBiheima... Takrivu Es Korbanchem", referring to the Korban as "your Korban". Is it Hashem's Korban or is it yours?

The Tallilei Oros answers with…

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Why Korbanos?

After a period of some months of building and preparation the Mishkan is finally ready for use. Our Parsha therefore begins delineating the different type of Sacrifices that are brought in the Mishkan, and the various details associated with them. It is hard nowadays to understand the notion of connecting…

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