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Beit Midrash Torah Portion and Tanach Tzav

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Parsha Summary: Tzav

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Our Sedra continues discussing Korbanot in the Mishkan/Bet HaMikdash. The fire on the Mizbeyach is to be kept burning continually (even on Shabbat!) as a sign that G-d’s presence is eternal.

The Mincha meal-offering consisted of fine flour & oil & was unleavened, like Matza. It had a pleasant aroma. The Chatat, sin-offering, was brought by the Kohen Gadol every day. The Asham, Todah & Shlamim offerings are detailed. Animal fats may not be eaten; metal items that became impure may be koshered; earthenware items must be broken.

In an elaborate ceremony presided over by Moshe (serving as Kohen Gadol for 7 days) Ahron & his sons are consecrated, washed, dressed in special clothes, & the anointing oil is poured over them.
Rabbi Stewart Weiss
Was ordained at the Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Illinois, and led congregations in Chicago and Dallas prior to making Aliyah in 1992. He directs the Jewish Outreach Center in Ra'anana, helping to facilitate the spiritual absorption of new olim.
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