Category Archives: Zevachim

Why did Aharon burn the Chatat? – A New Explanation

A number of recent posts have addressed some of the korbanot themes that arise in parshat Vayikra, Tzav and Shmini.  Certainly, one of the most challenging korbanot sections to understand from these parshiyot is the exchange between Moshe and Aharon … Continue reading

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Mikdash, Closeness to God, and the Dangers of Unbridled Religious Passion

What follows is the post that I made this week on my parsha website, The Weekly Parsha.   I post it here as well because of its relevance to the daf yomi and the learning of seder Kodoshim.  Also highly relevant … Continue reading

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Tzav and Vayikra – Some Additional Thoughts

In two recent posts we discussed the differences between Tzav and Vayikra.  In one, we looked at the difference in the order of the korbanot, and in the other we looked at how the portion of the sacrifices that the … Continue reading

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Menachot 9a – Eating of the Kohanim – Serving God or Satisfying Hunger

In an earlier post, we discussed the perspective of parashat Vayikra – that of the owner who is bringing the sacrifice, in contrast to that of parashat Tzav – that of the Kohanim.  There we suggested that the order of … Continue reading

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New Commentary by Aviva Zornberg on Vayikra

Just in time for the remainder of Sefer VaYikra and for the Daf’s continued learning of Seder Kodshim, we are thrilled to announce the publication of Aviva Zornberg’s new book on Vayikra The Particulars of Bovine Rupture Click on an image … Continue reading

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Menachot 4b- Topics in the Gemara – Scope of Shelo Lishmo – Is it the Purpose or Category that Matters?

On daf 4b of the daf yomi, the issue under discussion was the scope of shelo lishmo.  Which sacrifices are invalidated by it?  Is it a function of the sacrifice’s category or the sacrifice’s purpose? Rav assumes that the reason … Continue reading

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Parshat Tzav – Korbanot from Two Different Perspectives

I would like to share with you a thought on this week’s parasha, which is intimately connected with the themes of Zevachim and Menachot.  It was originally posted on my website, A Message from the Rosh Yeshiva, where I post weekly on the parasha … Continue reading

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