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Summary of Parshat Tzav

by the editors    
of Torah from Dixie    

Parshat Tzav (Leviticus 6:1-8:36) begins with Hashem continuing to teach Moses many of the various laws relating to the Mishkan (Tabernacle) service. However, while last week's Torah portion described the korbanot (offerings) from the perspective of the giver, this week the Torah focuses more directly on the attending Kohanim (priests), providing further detail about their service. After first describing the maintenance of the fire which continuously burned on the altar, the Torah discusses in great detail the various kinds of korbanot which Aaron, his sons, and the succeeding generations of Kohanim would be offering in the Mishkan and the Temple. The korbanot must be brought with the proper intentions and eaten in a state of spiritual purity. Finally, Moses performs the detailed melu'im, consecration service of the Mishkan, and anoints and inaugurates Aaron and his sons for their service in the Mishkan, in front of the entire congregation of Israel.

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