A Bissel to Nibble #13

A Short Shabbat Reflection from the Weekly Parsha by Rabbi Mark Melamut

make the right choice
Parshat Tsav (Leviticus 6-8:36)

We are poised this Shabbat before Passover, Shabbat Hagadol, the Great Shabbat, in anticipation of our imminent holiday celebration (or in anxiety of the ‘to-do list’). Whether with family, friends, or even alone, we are instructed to retell the story of the Exodus and to ask both old and new questions.  Translating “instruct” to Hebrew, we come up with the verb, “horah” (not the dance), meaning also, “to aim or direct.” This is related to the word we are familiar with, “torah.”  In this week’s reading, the word, “torah,” appears over and over, referring to the specific instructions regarding the various sacrifices to be offered by the priests.

If we think of the word “torah,” as “instruction,” what specific instructions would be helpful and meaningful for us to receive this Shabbat?
And, what instructions would be better put off for now, remaining in the fine print to be read at a later time?

Shabbat Shalom
Rabbi Mark

About Gabriele Lange

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