24 Tzav

צַו אֶת־אַהֲרֹן וְאֶת־בָּנָיו לֵאמֹר זֹאת תּוֹרַת הָעֹלָה הִוא הָעֹלָה עַל מוֹקְדָה עַל־הַמִּזְבֵּחַ כָּל־הַלַּיְלָה עַד־הַבֹּקֶר וְאֵשׁ הַמִּזְבֵּחַ תּוּקַד בּֽוֹ׃

Give this order to Aharon and his sons: ‘This is the law for the burnt offering: it is what goes up  on its firewood upon the altar all night long, until morning; in this way the fire of the altar will be kept burning.

Shabbat

Name

Parasha

Haftora

Brit Chadasha

March 19, 2022

Tzav
“Order”

Leviticus
6:1-8:36

Jeremiah 7:21-8:3

Romans 12:1-2
He
b. 7:23-8:6

Parashat Tzav discusses the role of the priests in the Temple, and emphasizes the vigilance with which they were to offer sacrifices. As the Parasha opens, Aaron and his sons are commanded to tend to the ritual of the burnt offering. “ Lev 6:6  Fire is to be kept burning on the altar continually—it must not go out.

The constant attention and dedication necessary for this daily task are impressive in themselves. But, what did this perpetual flame symbolize?. . “The fire continually burning, expresses the presence of God’s light among us.  Torah is a gift of God that requires human care to be perpetuated. Our Torah expresses perpetuity: for in the Psalms it is written in Psalms 119:44-45 So I may always keep Your Torah, forever and ever, 45 and walk about in freedom, for I have sought Your commandments..

 Our Torah is very clear, it contains timeless wisdom, and yet it reflects the flaws of the society, encourages us to see the value of every human being, spends an enormous amount of time defining a system of commandments for us to learn to live our life according to God’s will. The multiplicity of teachings in this Parasha can be understood as mirroring our fascinatingly complicated world, and when we read it this way, we can return to where we began. Just as time has great impact on our lives in general, so too it is an important factor in worshiping the Lord.