Tzav (Shabbat HaGadol) by Rabbi David Hartley Mark

This Shabbat is known at Shabbat HaGadol, the “Great Shabbat,” for various reasons: it immediately precedes Pesach, and its famous haftorah concludes with the Elijah prophecy foretelling the Messianic Age: “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet, before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord” (Malachi 3:24). Since most Jews, from childhood on, know Elijah only as the well-traveled fellow who visits every Jewish home during the Pesach Seder to quaff a beaker of wine, they never identify him with the short-tempered prophet and enemy of Ahab and Jezebel (I Kings 16-21) who defends the Jewish God against overwhelming odds—but it makes for exciting reading.

Tzav by Rabbi David Hartley Mark

Parsha Tzav Torah: Leviticus 6:1 – 8:36 Haftarah: Jeremiah 7:21 – 8:3; 9:22 – 9:23 This Parsha/Torah Reading continues, in the style of Leviticus, describing the rituals which accompanied the offering of sacrifices. In particular, those bringing offerings to the mishkan/portable shrine were themselves required to be in a state of holiness. How did a […]

Parshah Tzav: Becoming A Mensch

Tzav This parsha continues describing the rituals which accompanied the offering of sacrifices. In particular, those bringing offerings to the mishkan/portable shrine were themselves required to be in a state of holiness. How did a person become holy? By immersing oneself in a mikvah/ritual bath, a man or woman could achieve a state of bodily […]