Published Date: March 31, 2017
In this Shabbat’s weekly Torah portion Tzav Leviticus 6:1 – 8:36, God instructs Moses to command Aaron and his sons regarding their duties and rights as kohanim (“priests”) who offer the korbanot (animal and meal offerings) in the Sanctuary.
The fire on the altar must be kept burning at all times. In it are burned the wholly consumed ascending offering; veins of fat from the peace, sin and guilt offerings; and the “handful” separated from the meal offering.
In this week’s Haftara Prophets reading Jeremiah 7:21 – 8:3; 9:22 – 9:23, touches on the subject of sacrifices, the main topic of the week’s Torah portion.
God tells the prophet Jeremiah to rebuke the Jewish people, saying that His primary intention in taking their forefathers out of Egypt wasn’t the sacrificial offerings, rather in order that they observe the commandments. But despite the fact that God repeatedly dispatched prophets to admonish the people, “They did not obey nor did they incline their ear, but walked according to [their] own counsels and in the view of their evil heart, and they went backwards and not forwards.” God further informs Jeremiah that the people will also not hearken to these words that he will speak to them now.