The Portion of Tzav

Mar 22, 2015

Photo credit: Yehoshua Halevi

וַיְדַבֵּר יְהֹוָה אֶל־מֹשֶׁה לֵּאמֹר׃

Hashem spoke to Moshe, saying:

Leviticus 6:1

וַיַּעַשׂ אַהֲרֹן וּבָנָיו אֵת כָּל־הַדְּבָרִים אֲשֶׁר־צִוָּה יְהֹוָה בְּיַד־מֹשֶׁה׃

And Aharon and his sons did all the things that Hashem had commanded through Moshe.

Leviticus 8:36

Our portion provides additional details regarding the sacrificial rites discussed in last week’s portion. God instructs both the priests and the people, via Moses, on proper conduct with the various offerings they may encounter.


Additionally, the portion delineates certain general rules, such as not eating the fat of certain animals which can be used in the sacrificial service, or the blood of any animal at any time. The portion concludes with the inauguration ceremony for both the Tabernacle itself and Aaron and sons as the priestly family, a service conducted by Moses himself over the course of seven days.

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