Shabbat Shalom Hanegev!
My name is Micah Rubin and I am creative service chair on Rel/ed GB.
This weeks parasha is Tzav and here is a dvar torah explaining some parts of the portion,
also relating the parasha to some movie clips. Have a fantastic week!
God instructs Moses to command Aaron and his sons about their duties and rights as priests.
This includes offering korbanot (animal and meal offerings) in the Sanctuary and keeping the fire on the altar burning at all times. In the fire it burns sacrifices representing peace, sin and guilt offerings.
This may have been a way of obtaining animals and food to sacrifice to God:
Though Moses didn’t sacrifice people, this may give you a feel for the different ways they prayed a long time ago:
The kohanim eat the meat of the sin and guilt offerings and the remainder of the meal offering.
The peace offering is eaten by the person who brought it, except for specific portions, which are given to the kohen. The holy meat of the offerings must be eaten by ritually “pure” people, in the holy place at a specific time. This may have been somewhat like the “holy” place that the kohenim stayed in:
Aaron and his sons remain within the Sanctuary for seven days and while they are there, Moses initiates them into the priesthood.