Tag Archives: Vayikra

Vayikra: Tradition and Ritual

Is tradition the same as a ritual? Does a ritual have more or less meaning over time? Where does the meaning come from in the first place? From outside yourself, or from within? How do communal rituals compare to individual, … Continue reading

Posted in Shabbat musings | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Shemini: translating the sand

Our hearts are torn by the events described in Chapter 10 of Leviticus,in this week’s parasha Shemini. The High Priest Aaron’s sons, Nadav and Avihu, are killed when they enter the Tabernacle with “a strange fire” to offer to God.  … Continue reading

Posted in Shabbat musings | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Vayikra: Dash or sprinkle?

Welcome to the Mishkan, please line up with your personal offering.   Be it an offering of thanks, atonement, well-being, trespass or sin,  there is one thing common to what the priest does when you step up and slaughter the offering.  … Continue reading

Posted in Shabbat musings | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Vayikra: Cows, sheep, goats and God

Vayikra – And God called. And so begins a lot of instructions about killing and offering up a lot of animals for all sorts of reasons, all with the purpose of getting closer to God (“korbanot”, the word for offering, … Continue reading

Posted in Shabbat musings | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Vayikra: Seeing through the smoke

God called out. Vayikra.  So begins the book of Leviticus, probably the least relevant to our lives today.  Or so it would seem.The first half of Vayikra is all about “korbanot”…offerings, badly translated as sacrifices.  The word comes from the … Continue reading

Posted in Shabbat musings | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Vayikrah: the separateness of leadership

We begin the book of Vayikra this week, the book of Leviticus, with the portion of the same name, Vayikra…called, that is, God called to Moses.  People tend to cringe when you tell them you’re writing about Leviticus because the … Continue reading

Posted in Shabbat musings | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Behar: Jubilee!

Thou shalt re-boot your economy every fifty years. Ok, it doesn’t really say that at the end of Leviticus, but that’s sort of what’s going on.  In Behar,  we encounter the Jubilee year.  “You shall count off seven weeks of … Continue reading

Posted in Shabbat musings | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments