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A man once went to the butcher and saw two bins, one filled with fresh meat, the other, with pickled meat. The pickled meat smelled good and drew his attention. He bought five pounds of the it and returned the next day with terrible stomach pains. Why didn’t you …

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Tzav: From the Bottom Up

March 17, 2013 – 6:36 am | 1,136 views
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The Mirror
Before the priests entered the Temple they performed ablutions at the Laver.[1] We too perform ablutions before prayer though it is not at a special laver; it is at the regular sink. The idea behind washing our hands is to wash away the negative emotions that cloud our minds …

Tzav: A Flame From Above

March 25, 2012 – 4:32 am | 1,663 views
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Vitality
How did Moses survive for forty days on Mount Sinai without food? (1) Many shrug off question with, “it was a miracle.” But actually, the very fact that we ask the question demonstrates the limitation of our perception.
We are accustomed to deriving nourishment from food, but we never wonder why …

Shabbat Hagadol: The Humble Rule

March 21, 2010 – 4:40 am | 2,338 views
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Shabbat and the King
The Shabbat before Passover is known as Shabbat Hagadol, the great Shabbat. Among the reasons for this name is that Passover is itself described in the Torah as Shababt, but it is not as restrictive as a full Shabbat – cooking for example is permissible on Passover …

Tzav: Birchat Hachamah – When the Sun Sings Again

March 29, 2009 – 3:04 am | One Comment | 767 views
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A Unique Event
On Wednesday morning, April 8, 2009, Jews around the world recited a blessing over the sun that was last recited in twenty-eight years ago. This blessing is recited when the sun returns to its point of origin, where it was when it was first created. Though the sun …

Tzav: Food for Thought For Your Dinner Table

March 16, 2008 – 1:55 am | 544 views
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Sunday: Virtual sacrifice
“This is the Torah of the burned offering; this is the burned offering upon the flames upon the altar, all night till the morning.” 
The fact that this verse begins with “This is the Torah of the burned offering,” teaches that our Torah studies about a burned offering are …

Tzav: Total Devotion

March 25, 2007 – 4:18 am | 694 views
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The Burned Offering
Our ancestors offered many kinds of sacrifices. Peace offerings, sin offerings, guilt offerings and also burned offerings. What is a burned offering? An offering that is burned in its entirety upon the altar.

Tzav: Transformation From Within

April 2, 2006 – 9:04 pm | 4,017 views
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In Love
A young man was set up on a “shidduch” date. After the first date he told his mother that he was impressed with the young lady’s character, but not with the shape of her nose. After several further dates the young man fell in love. When his mother asked …

Tzav: Listening with Empathy

March 27, 2006 – 2:36 am | 577 views
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Proper Attire
“He shall remove his garments and don other garments and he shall then take the ashes to a pure place, outside of the camp.” (Our Parsha 6,4) Since the removal of ash will likely soil his vestments the Torah recommends that he change his clothing for this particular task. …