Parashat Vayikra

This weeks Parasha Parashat Vayikra, deals with different offerings (sacrifice), such as elevation offering, feast peace offering, the sin offering, etc. the root of the word קרבן offering is קרב coming near, because an offering is the means to ourselves closer to Hashem, and to elevate ourselves, teaches us R' Hirsch. the קרבן needs to be perfect in so many ways, something that needs to belong to you, and that's why the Torah uses the word אדם man, to come and teach us that just as Adam did not bring stolen animals as offering, since the whole world was his, so too no one may serve God was anything that doesn't belong to him.

In the same way, the קרבן needs to be unblemished and from certain animals.

Another topical interpretation for the Torah using the word אדם we can explain that the man himself is sacrificing many times in his lifetime and now the whole globe is ‏kind of sacrificing the freedom by staying in quarantine, and as we said before the offering needs to be perfect in so many ways we as human being also , try to be perfect, and use this time that we are with our selves to learn more about ourselves, more about our children, more about our family, and yes a bit more about Torah and prayers that a sort of speak come to replace the services in the temple, until we זוכה to see in our own eyes the construction of the Temple.

The Torah that we learn in difficult times, brings us close to Hashem, King David gives us an example of that form of bringing yourself close to Hashem He said (Tehillim 27:4),אַחַת שָׁאַלְתִּי מֵאֵת הַשֵּׁם – There’s only one thing I ask from You Hashem. One thing! You hear that? A man has so many things he has to ask of Hashem – so many things that you want and you need. But Dovid says, there’s one thing that’s most important to me and אוֹתָהּ אֲבַקֵּשׁ – that what I’m busy seeking always. And what is that? שִׁבְתִּי בְּבֵית הַשֵּׁם כָּל יְמֵי חַיַּי – I should sit in the house of Hashem all the days of my life so now we have a great opportunity to be close to Hashem a bit more when sitting at home and engage in Torah.

Have a wonderful Shabbat.

Rabbi Eli Tal


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