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Vayikra in a Nutshell

Vayikra in a Nutshell

Leviticus 1:1–5:26


G‑d calls to Moses from the Tent of Meeting, and communicates to him the laws of the korbanot, the animal and meal offerings brought in the Sanctuary. These include:

• The “ascending offering” (olah) that is wholly raised to G‑d by the fire atop the altar;

• Five varieties of “meal offering” (minchah) prepared with fine flour, olive oil and frankincense;

• The “peace offering” (shelamim), whose meat was eaten by the one bringing the offering, after parts are burned on the altar and parts are given to the kohanim (priests);

• The different types of “sin offering” (chatat) brought to atone for transgressions committed erroneously by the high priest, the entire community, the king or the ordinary Jew;

• The “guilt offering” (asham) brought by one who has misappropriated property of the Sanctuary, who is in doubt as to whether he transgressed a divine prohibition, or who has committed a “betrayal against G‑d” by swearing falsely to defraud a fellow man.

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March 7, 2014
Torah in a nutshell
This is talking a lot about offerings!
United States
March 4, 2014
I am a Yeshivah student and I would like to thank you for summarizing the parshah and making my life much easier. Also thank you Chabad in general for being available to all Jews in their time of need. :)
March 4, 2014
Because of, I am not completely lost
Thanks for being there
boB W
Boynton Beach FL
February 25, 2014
Thank You!
These summaries are great. Thank you so much for posting them!
March 15, 2013
my parashah...
this was my parashah over 20 years ago... I still remember some of the verses. On top of that, it was a special date, I had to also do a parashah for rosh hodesh and shabbat gadol. So in total I had 3 parashiot to read. Vayikrah is one of the longest in the torah.

Funny I was looking by chance on this site, for shabbat candle lighting. :)

Shbbat shalom to all!
March 13, 2013
This web site
I have been a Jew in my heart all my life and have converted. This web site was a tremendous resource during my studies prior to conversion and still is. Thank you all for providing this service.

Charlotte Currens
Maricopa, Az.
March 24, 2012
VaYikra and Shabbat Ha Hodesh
52 years ago, I stood before the synagogue and my Rabbi, and chanted the maftir and haftorah of this wonderful, and inspiring parshah. Wisdom is slow in coming, I must admit; yet, the lessons extrapolated from the past 52 years have finally brought me to this place of peace, and a renewed "fire" for Torah and it's innumerable and lasting teachings. I know how blessed I am to be a Jew, and to recognize that the learning of Torah will be my life's enduring challenge.
Dr. Gary Raffel
Bethesda, Maryland
March 21, 2012
I thank all for this wonderful site as i said before i am trying to connect with my roots my parent no longer with me,and i never knew what transpired to stop going to the meetings!!, the change in my parents faith left me as a young person very confused i am so enjoying relearning what has been buried in the haze of time
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
March 21, 2012
your web site
It is truly wonderful. Your short incisive and contemporary descriptions do so much to alert us to the succinct meaning of the parsha, without the ponderosity of the formal translation.As a longtime and aged Torah student, I really appreciate your site!
March 8, 2011
I always wanted to learn to about the Parsha,(Complete Torah), without being obvious. This a great site for me !!
Lisboa, Portugal
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