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Tzav(Leviticus 6-8)

Tzav 5759

GOOD MORNING! I was discussing with my friend, Dr. David Russin, the need to obtain funds to cover expenses and expansion for the Shabbat Shalom Weekly (and Fax edition) in light of the few contributions. He replied, "Just ask everyone to send in $10 and you'll be surprised!" So ... please send in $10 ... to Aish Fax, 3414 Prairie Avenue, Miami Beach, Fl. 33140. Thanks! And in the immortal words of Gomer Pyle, "Surprise, surprise, surprise!"

The first Seder is Wednesday night, March 31. May you and your family celebrate joyously!

Here's something to keep in your wallet when you need something to keep you going by Author Unknown:


A Wish for You

May you have ...
Enough happiness to keep you sweet;
Enough trials to keep you strong;
Enough sorrow to keep you human;
Enough hope to keep you happy;
Enough failure to keep you humble;
Enough success to keep you eager;
Enough friends to give you comfort;
Enough wealth to meet your needs;
Enough faith in yourself to inspire you to do your best, and
Enough determination to make each day better than yesterday.


Q & A:  DO YOU HAVE TO READ THE WHOLE HAGGADAH OR CAN YOU SKIP THE BORING PARTS?

The reading of the Haggadah is the way in which one fulfills the obligation to speak about the Exodus from Egypt on the night of Passover. In order to realize the full benefit of this mitzvah, one must both read and understand the complete text of the Haggadah. This means that if you don't understand Hebrew then you shouldn't read it in Hebrew. This also implies, that beyond understanding the words, you should strive to discern their deeper meanings and messages.

Look at it this way: Imagine that while rummaging through a long-neglected corner in your attic you were to find a dusty, handwritten manuscript authored by your great-grandfather. Wouldn't you be curious to see what he wrote? And what if the opening lines read. "To my dear children, this is the most important book you will ever read. It is about Jewish life and the wisdom of living written by a Jew who dedicated his life to the pursuit of wisdom. Countless hours have been devoted to finding the words and the thoughts which I trust will serve as a faithful guide in life, and as a key to your freedom..."

The yellowed pages of that manuscript are the timeless folios of every Haggadah. That great-grandfather is the collective wisdom of our greatest Sages. You are the heir who happened upon these lost words, and the legacy of freedom is yours to discover. Rather than put it aside or skip over the boring parts, why not spend some time reading a Haggadah with a commentary you can understand to mine the depths of wisdom waiting to be revealed to you and your family!

(The above Q & A is adapted from the Passover Survival Kit by Rabbi Shimon Apisdorf; try your local Jewish book store or call toll-free 877-758-3242.)


THE TWO ANNUAL PESACH JOKES:

  1. A Jewish man was waiting in line to be knighted by the Queen of England. He was supposed to kneel and recite a sentence in Latin. Comes his turn, he kneels, the Queen taps him on the shoulders with the sword ... and in the panic of excitement he forgets the Latin line. Thinking quickly, he recites the only other line he knows in a foreign language which he remembers from the Passover Seder: "Mah nishtana ha-lailah ha-zeh mi-kol ha-leilot." The puzzled Queen turns to her adviser and asks, "Why is this knight different from all other knights?"

  2. The supply of ch'rain (horseradish used by many for bitter herbs at the Pesach Seder) being off-loaded at the Madrid airport was stopped by a freight handlers strike. It seems that the ch'rain in Spain stayed mainly on the plane...


Torah Portion of the Week
Tzav

This week's Torah portion includes the laws of: the Burnt Offering, Meal Offering, High Priest's Offering, Sin Offerings, Guilt Offerings and Peace Offerings. It concludes with the portions of the Peace Offerings which are allotted to the Priests and the installation ceremony of the Priest for serving in the Sanctuary.

 

Dvar Torah
based on Growth Through Torah by Rabbi Zelig Pliskin

The Torah states, "Speak to Aharon and to his sons saying, 'This is the law of the sin-offering. At the place where you slaughter the elevation-offering you shall slaughter the sin-offering' " (Leviticus 6:18). Why were they commanded to slaughter the sin offering in the same place as the elevation-offering?

The Talmud Yerushalmi (Yevamos 8:3) explains the reason -- to save those who had sinned from embarrassment. When people saw the animal being slaughtered they would not know that it was a sin offering; they would judge favorably -- or have the opportunity to judge favorably -- and assume that the person was bringing up a elevation-offering (which may be brought up for the sole purpose of raising one's spiritual level).

From here we see the principle of not causing others shame or discomfort when they have done something improper in the past and now regret it. Never remind anyone of past misdeeds. Always do whatever you can to protect people from embarrassment.

Published: January 19, 2000

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