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7/8 April: Shabbat Hagadol(Tzav) comes in 7.29 pm, goes out 8.34 pm


The laws in the first five chapters of Leviticus were intended for the individual bringing the sacrifice.  Parashat Tzav, on the other hand, is a manual for the priests who offer those sacrifices.  In this aliyah, instructions are given concerning the burnt-offering.  

The burnt-offering is the only sacrifice that is completely burnt on the altar; (hence the name) and nothing is left for the Kohanim to eat.  The Torah notes that every morning the priests were required to remove the ashes from the previous day’s sacrifices.  They had to take out the “garbage.”  Many commentators have pointed out that the priests, not the commoners, have this obligation so that they are less likely to let their status go to their head.  When leaders, religious or otherwise, lose contact with real people they lose a measure of their legitimacy and their ability to serve.

Shabrabbipaulsmlbat Shalom,  Rabbi Paul Arberman

April 6, 2017