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...

Love your Neighbor – Exactly as Yourself! – 5764

In this week’s parsha we encounter the wellknown and important command, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself”. Much has been said and written about this mitzvah, and about the best way to fulfill it. An interesting interpretation is provided by Rabbi Meir-Simha...

Sacrifices and People – 5764

Each year, as we start reading the Book of Vayikra, we have a sense of unease. It is difficult for us to relate to and understand the world of sacrifices to the same extent that we have identified with the weekly Torah readings thus far. All the detailed verses and...