Leviticus 1:2
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2  Speak to B’nei Yisrael, and say to them: When any of you presents an offering of cattle to Hashem, he shall choose his offering from the herd or from the flock.

da-BAYR el b’-NAY yis-ra-AYL v’-a-mar-TA a-lay-HEM a-DAM kee yak-REEV mi-KEM kor-BAN la-do-NAI min ha-b’-hay-MAH min ha-ba-KAR u-min ha-TZON tak-REE-vu et kor-ban-KHEM

ב  דַּבֵּר אֶל־בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וְאָמַרְתָּ אֲלֵהֶם אָדָם כִּי־יַקְרִיב מִכֶּם קָרְבָּן לַיהֹוָה מִן־הַבְּהֵמָה מִן־הַבָּקָר וּמִן־הַצֹּאן תַּקְרִיבוּ אֶת־קָרְבַּנְכֶם׃

 1:2   When any of you presents an offering of cattle to Hashem

Sefer Vayikra describes the various offerings that were brought in the Beit Hamikdash in great detail. The Hebrew term for ‘offering,’ korban (קרבן), comes from the word karov (ק-ר-ב), meaning ‘close,’ since the offerings are meant to bring people closer to the Eternal One. For this reason, the common English translation of korban, ‘sacrifice,’ is insufficient, as it does not accurately portray the essence of the word. While the person bringing the offering might be giving something from his personal possessions, he gains much more than he gives. Now that we no longer have korbanot, prayer is the primary vehicle through which we come close to our Father in Heaven.

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  • One of the most beautiful aspects of Torah study for me has been the “Living” part of it. Each week, as we study a particular portion, Elohim is always faithful to draw my attention to something that is going on either in my life or in the world that illustrates what I need to take away from that week’s Torah study.
    When I came to this site, I got confused with the timing that each portion was being presented as it didn’t line up with the Torah cycle that our Torah group is following. I didn’t realize that this site is “fixed” to last year’s or maybe the previous year’s cycle. You have to read the small print at the bottom of the intro for each Torah portion to see which portion is actually being studied each week.
    This caused me some confusion as I thought I was stepping into the study here at the beginning of Leviticus and I was having a hard time lining it up with the meditations of my heart. It also caused me to miss the “Living” part of Torah. I did figure it out this week.
    The “Living” part of the Torah portion for this week is encapsulated in the holiday of Purim. There is much to be considered in the celebration about the giving of gifts.
    As our Torah teacher explained, the value of a gift is defined by the giver. Elohim has given us clear instructions about what would be an acceptable gift for us to give to HIM. I mean, seriously, what do you give to the Creator of the Universe, Who owns all of the cattle on all of the hillsides.
    HE understands that we would want to give HIM gifts and has given us the things that are pleasing to HIM. Cain learned his lesson the hard way when he decided what he wanted to give as a gift. His offering was rejected and he fell into terrible sin.
    Y’srael let their offerings and sacrifices become a rote routine without any part of their heart involved. Their prophets called them on this error many times, but they didn’t care.
    I can only pray that I don’t fall into the error of giving gifts that mean nothing to me.
    Baruch Hashem.

  • Shira Schechter, Shalom. I am looking forward to this Study. I am excited to learn the correct terms and definitions. The commentary is easy for me to follow. Thank you for providing me with such wonderful resources in which to learn. ~Tammy

  • Hello! Thank you all for this crisp and clear Bible resource! What do you all think of Yeshua being the final sacrifice for our sin? Thanks, -Greg

    • The sacrifices that are described here are for involuntary or accidental sins. These are sins of omission or where we simply made a mistake and did the wrong thing.
      There are NO sacrifices here for willful, defiant sin. The “law of sin and death” says that the soul that sins must die referring to “willful and defiant sin” where the person knew they were doing something wrong and did it anyway.
      Yeshua is the only sacrifice for willful and defiant sin that has been given to us. Thus he “put to death” the “law of sin and death” (not the Torah, as too many have been taught).
      I believe the meaning of the word “final” is being misconstrued as if in some way all sacrifices are being done away with by the sacrifice of the “Lamb of God”. We’ve been given many instructions about the appropriate way to bring our offerings and gifts before Elohim. Yeshua is simply the last instruction in this matter.
      There is no reason to believe that there won’t be sacrifices in the Kingdom as I’m sure that you will want to continue to bring your offerings of praise and thanksgiving. There are many reasons for the offerings that are brought to the Temple besides sin which we believe there won’t be in the Kingdom.

      • Yeshua was indeed the last sacrifice.
        Only blood can atone for sin regardless whether it is high handed sin, intentional or unintentional. God does not change. His sacrificial system in Leviticus shows you just how serious God is when it comes to His holiness. And God guards His holiness at all cost. He is holy and expects his people to be holy. There is no forgiveness of sin unless blood has made atonement. If there is no blood atonement our consciences condemns us. We are Guilty. We cannot say we are holy. Without blood atonement no amount of prayer is going to make us right before Him. Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.

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