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I can see the experiential quality of it all: an ancient temple with heavenly music and mystical song; priests in flowing robes deep in meditation; mesmerizing, choreographed ritual. But why the barbecue?
"ויקרא אל משה" “And He called to Moshe.” (1:1) QUESTION: Why is it customary for children to begin learning Chumash with Vayikra rather than Bereishit? ANSWER: Little children are innocent and pure (tahor) and Chumash Vayikra discusses karbanot — sacrific...
"ואתה תצוה את בני ישראל" “And you shall command the Children of Israel.” (27:20) QUESTION: Why is the name of Moshe not mentioned in Parshat Tetzaveh? ANSWER: Moshe died on the seventh day of Adar, which usually occurs during the week when Parshat Tetzave...
Question: I'm a vegetarian. I'm having trouble reading about sacrifices in the Temple and harmonizing that with my worldview. Can you give me a hand here? Response: I can see your quandary, but then, as a vegetarian and a lover of animals, you should appr...
From man I expect good and bad. From G-d I expected only good. Until I learned about the animal sacrifices. Apparently G-d actually wants them. Imagine, a place set aside for slaughter -- in a temple!
If the foundation for G‑d’s forgiveness and atonement was initially the sacrifice on the altar, how does one now find forgiveness and atonement, since the Temple and physical sacrifices no longer exist?
What are the steps that are designed for entering the faith? Can they be done without the temple standing in Jerusalem? And what is the lesson for everyone?
Question: Why is it so important that we learn about mitzvot that have no bearing on our life any more; e.g. all the provisions for sacrificing animals—although we have not sacrificed animals since the destruction of the Temple? Answer: That is an excelle...
Blood represents life, warmth and enthusiasm.
Why do we give a haf-shekel to charity, and why is it done on Taanit Esther?
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