Parashat Tzav - Rabbi Tal

This week's parsha is Parashat TZAV.

The first two chapters of tzav discuss offerings that have already been mentioned in the previous chapters: olah the elevation offering, the minchah meal of offering, the shelamim peace offering, chatat sin offering, and asham guilt offering Previously.

However , the Torah addressed itself primarily to the people who bring those offerings now, the Torah speaks to Aaron and his sons ,and teaches them the additional laws that relate to their sacrificial service In the very beginning of the parash we start with the verse "זאת תורת העולה" This is the law of the elevation offering.

The Midrash comments that if a person repents, it is considered as if he had gone up to Jerusalem, rebuilt the Temple and the Altar, and brought upon it all the offerings of the Torah (Vayikra Rabbah 7: 2). Every Jew should be a human temple. If he is holy, his personal temple is holy; if he sins, he contaminates it. When someone repents, therefore, it is as if he rebuilds himself and recreates a temple within himself

Rabbi Yaakov kemenetsky זצ"ל offers us a beautiful Insight He says that Aaron, as Kohen Gadol, was commanded to be zealous regarding the elevation-offering not only then but for all generations . Similarly, at the beginning of the Second Temple era, the people asked the prophet Chaggai why there was so much hunger and suffering, and he answered that it was because they had not yet rebuilt the Temple (Chaggai 1:7-8) - but if so, that prophecy should not have been included in Scripture because it is not relevant to future generations! A Jew should be aware that we always have a "Temple" of sorts. When there is no Temple, a Jew's table offers atone- ment (Chagigah 27b). The table symbolizes the charity and hospitality of the Jewish home, and also the teachings one transmits to one's children and the example one sets for them. This "Temple" is eternal, and the Torah demands extreme vigilance in its upkeep.

Rabbi Moshe Feinstein זצ"ל in his book "Darash Moshe teaches us a similar insight Commenting on the vers מחציתה בבקר ומחציתה בערב" that every day of the year, the Kohen Gadol must bring a sacrifice called Chavitei Kohen Gadol, This is a minchah sacrifice with the unique attribute that half is burned in the morning and half in the evening. This teaches us that people must see to it that when they go home in the evening, they have not descended from the high level of holiness they had when they left from home in the morning. The job of the Kohen Gadol is to ensure this occurs, through his Temple service, through Torah and holiness. when there is no Kohen Gadol, the obligation to bring this sacrifice devolves upon all the Kohanim , Even if a person finds it impossible to maintain his holiness at a constant peak level, he must not despair, for we find that if the entire sacrifice was brought in the morning, it is valid. This teaches that even a man knows that he cannot be perfect, he should do whatever he can and this will lead to perfection, because mitzvos bring other mitzvos in their wake.

Those two powerful lessons: the holiness of ourselves, and the table are extremely relevant to the Seder night, As we said last week, that's the time to analyze ourselves together with our family, That holy day and are holy table will bring light of ourselves and to our children the light of holiness and we will inspire our children through the light of Torah, Amen.

Have a wonderful and meaningful Shabbat h'gadol

Rabbi Eli Tal


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