Thanksgiving – The idea Behind “Korban Todah” 5779

Thanksgiving – The idea Behind “Korban Todah” By By Gabi Raiss‏ Cape Town (2001-2) Currently Youth Director of the Chomat Shmuel neighborhood In this week’s parsha, “Tzav”, we learn about different sacrifices. one of them is called...

Taking out the trAsh

Rabbi Benji Levy College Dean, Moriah College  . . Taking out the trAsh How do you begin your day? Some people start with a cup of coffee, and others with a brisk walk. In Temple times, the priests would begin their day in an entirely different and unexpected way....

The Value of Perpetuity – 5777

Rabbi Mordechai Torczyner Rosh Kollel Yeshiva University – Torah MiTzion Beit Midrash Zichron Dov Toronto   The Value of Perpetuity   As lottery winners demonstrate when they choose lump sum payouts over perpetual annuities, human beings prefer...

The Sacrifice, The Kohen, And The Individual

This week we begin reading Sefer Vayikra, which already Chazal have called “Torat Kohanim.” Our parasha, as well as next week’s parasha (Parashat Tzav), deal with the laws concerning the various sacrifices. I would like to focus on the unique feature...

Tzniut – 5769

Shira Tauber Former Shlicha in Montreal   My tenth grade students at the Hebrew Academy of Montreal and I are currently studying the topic of tzniut (loosely, modesty). I find that I have as much to gain from these lessons as the girls themselves do. Tzniut,...

Zerizut – 5769

Gilad Fisher Former Shaliach in Greater Washington   The following dvar Torah is based on Rav Yehudah Shaviv’s sefer on parshat hashavua. Parshat Tzav begins with the following psukim: “And Hashem spoke to Moshe, saying. Command Aharon and his sons, saying, this...

Why Sacrifice – 5768

Rabbi Moshe Lichtman   This week’s parashah expands upon the laws of the sacrifices (korbanot). Sixteen of its eighteen mitzvot apply only in the Beit HaMikdash in Jerusalem (may it be rebuilt speedily in our days). This, then, is a good opportunity to discuss...

Maintaining the Altar’s Permanent Fire – 5767

Daniel Damboritz Former Shalaich in Manhattan   The Torah Begins Parashat Tzav with the description of the Sanctuary Work. As we all know, during the time of the Beit Hamikdash, the center of the Sanctuary Work was the offering of sacrifices, known to us as...