Daily Sacrifices

Feb 22, 2015

וְזֶה אֲשֶׁר תַּעֲשֶׂה עַל־הַמִּזְבֵּחַ כְּבָשִׂים בְּנֵי־שָׁנָה שְׁנַיִם לַיּוֹם תָּמִיד׃

Now this is what you shall offer upon the mizbayach: two yearling lambs each day, regularly.

Exodus 29:38

וְיָדְעוּ כִּי אֲנִי יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֵיהֶם אֲשֶׁר הוֹצֵאתִי אֹתָם מֵאֶרֶץ מִצְרַיִם לְשָׁכְנִי בְתוֹכָם אֲנִי יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֵיהֶם׃

And they shall know that I Hashem am their God, who brought them out from the land of Egypt that I might abide among them, I Hashem their God.

Exodus 29:46

Once the consecration of the altar has been described, the Torah goes on to tell us what it will be used for in the future. Two lambs are to be offered on the altar daily, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The lamb offering will be accompanied by a flour offering mixed with oil and a wine offering.

 

If the offerings are maintained consistently, God says, He will meet with the Children of Israel in the Tabernacle and sanctify it with His glory. He will dwell among the people and they will know that He is the one who brought them out of the bondage of Egypt that they may serve Him.

 

Virtual Classroom Discussion

In a discussion between Sages about the most important verse in the Torah, one Rabbi Ben Pazzi identified Exodus 29:39, “The one lamb thou shalt offer in the morning; and the other lamb thou shalt offer at dusk,” which appears in this section, as the all-encompassing concept of the Torah. Why do you think he chose this verse?

 

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