23 Vayikra

וַיִּקְרָא אֶל־מֹשֶׁה וַיְדַבֵּר יהוה אֵלָיו מֵאֹהֶל מוֹעֵד לֵאמֹֽר׃

Now the Lord called to Moses, and spoke to him from the tabernacle of meeting, saying:

Shabbat

Name

Parasha

Haftora

Brit Chadasha

March 12,
2022

Vayikra
“I will call”

Leviticus
1:1-5:26

1Sam. 15:2-34

Romans 8:1-13
Heb. 10:1-14

Shabbat Zachor occurs on the Shabbat before Purim, because Haman, the villain of the Purim story, was an Amalekite. The Book of Esther describes Haman as an Agagite, that is, a descendant of Agag, King of the Amalekites, who was spared by Saul contrary to Divine commandment in the Haftara portion.

While this week's Torah reading—and indeed the whole book of Leviticus—is consumed with the sacrificial rites that dominated Israelite religion until the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE, its lessons on expiatory sacrifices cannot go unnoticed.

The word of God basic notion is given to those who suitable prepare themselves to receive it.  Preparing oneself outwardly by washing and avoiding impurity does not serve unless go together with a deep spiritual preparation.  At Mount Sinai, God spoke His words to all Israel, but the people chose not to hear the voice of the Lord firsthand, but rather from the mouth of Moses.